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Statistics on educational institutions


2.Organisation and governance

2.8Statistics on educational institutions

Last update: 14 December 2023

This section provides the most recent available data on the number of educational institutions from pre-primary to post-secondary non-tertiary education level (ISCED levels 0-4). Statistics on numbers and characteristics of higher education institutions can be found in the European Tertiary Education Register. A general overview of institutions providing adult education from public sources can be found in the chapter on adult education.The notes below the tables provide methodological explanations necessary for a good interpretation of data

Statistics on educational institutions providing regular education
Type of educational institution in English (and in national language) ISCED levels provided Main orientation of the programmes provided​ Number of educational institutions      
Total Public Government-dependent private Private independent      
Early chilhood education and care (Voorschoolse educatie en kinderopvang) 0 (-) 4654 (:) (:) (:)
Primary school (Basisschool) 0,1 (-) 6266 1992 4274 (:)
Secondary general education (Voortgezet onderwijs) 2,3 G,V 642 187 462 (:)

Secondary vocational education (MBO)


3,4 V 63 (-) (-) (-)
Source :Onderwijs in cijfers: omvang van scholen in primair onderwijs 2010 - 2018 (last accessed 9/10-2019)
ISCED= International Standard Classification of Education
G= General V= Vocational
(:) Data not available (-) Not applicable


The 2018 version of the Unesco/OECD/Eurostat Manual on concepts, definitions and classification can be consulted for the definitions of regular education (p.10); general and vocational programmes of education (p.19); as well as public institution, government-dependent private institution and private independent institution (pp. 24-26)




Special needs education institutions exist in The Netherlands. However, there is currently no data available