The European Council for Steiner Waldorf Education

Waldorf Schools in Europe

The following graphs have been created based on data collected during the 2014-2015 school year with the help of the national associations of the ECSWE member countries.

This first graph gives a general overview of the number of Waldorf schools/institutes in ECSWE member countries. As indicated in the key, this graph includes early childhood education institutes and Waldorf Schools. Germany has the highest number of institutes, over 200, followed by The Netherlands with over 150.

This second graph shows the number of pupils attending Waldorf Schools in each country, excluding Germany and The Netherlands, who both have many more waldorf students than the other member countries. Sweden, Norway and Denmark are three member countries that have single structure education as a model of organisation within their compulsory education. In this model, education is provided from the beginning to the end of compulsory schooling, with no transition between primary and lower secondary education, and with general education provided in common for all pupils (source The Strucuture of the European Education Systems 2015/2016).

Same as the previous graph, but including Germany and the Netherlands.


Graph also showing the number of pupils in the 2014/2015 school year, but this time put in perspective with the number of inhabitants. Countries like Norway, Finland, Sweden, Switzerland and Belgium who did not stand out in the previous graph, score much higher when the size of their population is taken into account.

For country specific profiles, see below: 

Austria Armenia Belgium
Croatia Czech republic Denmark
Estonia Finland France
Germany Hungary Italy
Latvia Lithuania Luxembourg
Netherlands Norway Poland
Russia Slovakia Slovenia
Spain & Portugal  Sweden Switzerland
UK & Ireland Ukraine others

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