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Statistics on educational institutions


2.Organisation and governance

2.8Statistics on educational institutions

Last update: 8 June 2022

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 (8.3). The notes below the tables provide methodological explanations necessary for a good interpretation of data.

Statistics on educational institutions providing regular education

(Mainland; school year 2019/2020)

Type of educational institution in English (and in national language)

ISCED levels provided Main orientation of the programmes provided

Number of Educational Institutions



PublicGovernment-dependent privatePrivate independent
Kindergartens (Jardins de infância)0(-)1763201173570
 Basic Schools (Escolas básicas)0, 1, 2G, V697  30144352
Secondary Schools (Escolas secundárias)2, 3, 4G, V326296228
Basic and Secondary Schools (Escolas básicas e secundárias)0,1, 2, 3G, V32319422107
Vocational Schools (Escolas profissionais)2, 3, 4V237300207
Artistic Schools (Escolas artísticas)1, 2, 3G, V14761

Source: General Directorate on Education and Science Statistics, (DGEEC - Direção-Geral de Estatísticas da Educação e Ciência), Education Statistics (Estatísticas da Educação 2019/2020).
ISCED = International Standard Classification of Education


The data presented on this page is counted using the "legal entity approach". Secondary schools may offer only general education or general and vocational education.

G= GeneralV= Vocational
(:) Data non available(-) Non applicable

Terminology: 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)