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Table C.3.21. OECD: Average number of hours per year of compulsory and intended instruction time in public institutions, by country: 2009

Country Ending age of compulsory education Age range at which over 90% of the population are enrolled Average number of hours per year of total compulsory instruction time   Average number of hours per year of total intended instruction time
Ages 7-8 Ages 9-11 Ages 12-14   Age 15 (typical program) Age 15 (least demanding program)   Ages 7-8 Ages 9-11 Ages 12-14   Age 15 (typical program) Age 15 (least demanding program)
OECD average 16 5 - 16 749 793 873   902 860   775 821 907   941 889
OECD countries                              
Australia 15 5 - 16 972 971 983   964 932   972 971 983   964 932
Austria 15 5 - 16 690 766 913   1005 960   735 811 958   1050 1005
Belgium (Flemish) 18 3 - 17     831 831 955   955 448
Belgium (French) 18 3 - 17 840 840 960 1 - -   930 930 1020 1 - -
Canada 16-18 6 - 17 - - -   - -   - - -   - -
Chile 18 6 - 15 675 675 709   743 743   855 855 855   945 945
Czech Republic2 15 5 - 17 624 713 871   950 683   624 713 871   950 683
Denmark 16 3 - 16 701 803 900   930 900   701 803 900   930 900
England 16 4 - 16 893 899 925   950   893 899 925   950
Estonia 15 4 - 17 595 683 802   840 -   595 683 802   840 -
Finland 16 6 - 18 608 640 777   856   608 683 829   913
France 16 3 - 17 847 847 971   1042   847 847 1065   1147
Germany 18 4 - 17 643 794 898   912 -   643 794 898   912 -
Greece 14-15 5 - 17 720 812 821   798   720 812 821   798
Hungary 18 4 - 17 555 601 671   763 763   614 724 885   1106 1106
Iceland 16 3 - 16 720 800 872   888   720 800 872   888
Ireland 16 5 - 18 941 941 848   802 713   941 941 907   891 891
Israel 17 4 - 16 914 991 981   964 -   914 991 981   1101 -
Italy 16 3 - 16 891 913 1001   1089 -   990 1023 1089   1089 -
Japan 15 4 - 17 709 774 868   -   709 774 868   -
Korea 14 7 - 17 612 703 867   1020   612 703 867   1020
Luxembourg 15 4 - 15 924 924 908   900 900   924 924 908   900 900
Mexico 15 4 - 14 800 800 1167   1058   800 800 1167   1058
Netherlands 18 4 - 17 940 940 1000   1000   940 940 1000   1000
New Zealand 16 4 - 16 - - -   - -   - - -   - -
Norway 16 3 - 17 700 756 829   859   700 756 829   859
Poland 16 6 - 18 446 563 604   595   486 603 644   635
Portugal 14 5 - 16 875 869 908   893 -   910 898 934   945 -
Scotland 16 4 - 16      
Slovak Republic 16 6 - 17 687 767 813   926 926   715 785 842   926 926
Slovenia 14 6 - 17 621 721 791   908 888   621 721 791   908 888
Spain 16 3 - 16 875 821 1050   1050 1050   875 821 1050   1050 1050
Sweden3 16 4 - 18 741 741 741   741   741 741 741   741
Switzerland 15 5 - 16 - - -   - -   - - -   - -
Turkey 14 7 - 13 720 720 750   810   864 864 846   810
United States 17 6 - 16 - - -   - -   - - -   - -
Non-OECD member countries                              
Argentina4 17 5 - 15 - 720 744   - -   - - -   - -
Brazil 17 7 - 15 - - -   - -   - - -   - -
China - - 531 613 793   748 -   - - -   - -
India - - - - -   - -   - - -   - -
Indonesia 15 6 - 14 - 551 654   - -   - - -   - -
Russian Federation 17 7 - 14 493 737 879   912 -   493 737 879   912 -
Saudi Arabia - - - - -   - -   - - -   - -
South Africa - - - - -   - -   - - -   - -
— Not available.
† Not applicable.
1Covers ages 12-13 only.
2Minimum number of hours per year.
3Estimated minimum numbers of hours per year because breakdown by age not available.
4Year of reference 2008 instead of 2009.
SOURCE: Data from Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). (2011). Education at a Glance: OECD Indicators 2011, table D1.1. Paris: Author.
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