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Table 411. Percentage of population enrolled in secondary and postsecondary education, by age group and country: Selected years, 1985 through 2008
Country Secondary education, 2008 Postsecondary education (total tertiary education)
16 years old 17 years old 18 to 21 years old 18 to 21 years old 22 to 25 years old 26 to 29 years old
Total 18 years old 19 years old 20 years old 21 years old 1985 1990 2005 2007 2008 1985 1990 2005 2007 2008 1985 1990 2005 2007 2008
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23
OECD average1  92 84 24 52 25 13 9 28 28 29 23 24 24 10 10 10
Australia 93 78 25 38 24 20 17 34 34 35 21 22 22 10 10 10
Austria 91 77 19 45 19 8 4 16 17 18 20 22 23 9 11 12
Belgium 101 99 23 47 23 13 10 25 43 43 42 7 19 19 20 2 6 6 6
Canada 96 81 29 11 6 22 34 15 23 5 8
Chile. 90 87 12 33 11 3 2 29 31 21 22 8 9
                                             
Czech Republic 100 97 32 83 37 7 3 (2) (2) 23 24 25 (2) (2) 21 24 25 (2) (2) 6 7 7
Denmark 92 85 47 80 55 31 22 7 7 10 11 12 16 18 34 34 34 8 9 20 20 19
Estonia 96 92 25 71 19 7 4 (2) (2) 32 31 31 (2) (2) 22 23 23 (2) (2) 12 11 10
Finland 95 95 40 93 32 17 16 9 14 24 23 23 17 21 40 39 39 8 10 20 21 21
France 95 88 21 48 24 9 4 19 25 36 36 36 10 12 20 19 19 4 4 5 5 5
                                             
Germany3  96 92 40 84 41 21 14 9 9 13 13 14 16 23 23 23 9 10 13 12 12
Greece 92 77 13 19 10 6 18 65 47 51 18 26 29 8 11 11
Hungary 97 91 26 63 24 12 6 29 30 31 23 24 24 9 9 8
Iceland 93 83 51 77 68 35 22 12 11 11 28 28 26 16 15 15
Ireland 98 81 9 33 4 1 1 21 38 38 39 13 13 12 5 6 6
                                             
Israel 94 88 5 17 2 1 # 12 12 12 25 26 25 15 18 17
Italy 93 87 26 74 20 6 3 29 27 28 23 25 25 8 8 8
Japan 95 93 1 3 1
Korea, Republic of 97 88 3 8 2 # # 65 69 70 32 34 34 6 7 7
Luxembourg 88 79 37 70 42 25 12
                                             
Mexico 58 46 13 18 30 3 2 16 17 18 9 9 10 3 3 3
Netherlands 98 87 37 61 42 28 17 14 18 29 31 32 12 13 24 25 26 6 5 7 7 8
New Zealand 86 69 12 23 11 8 7 21 34 34 35 15 23 22 21 11 11 11
Norway 95 92 41 87 41 20 10 9 14 19 20 19 14 17 30 29 29 6 8 14 14 13
Poland 98 96 35 90 36 11 6 31 33 34 30 31 31 6 6 6
                                             
Portugal 94 83 23 46 25 14 9 6 27 27 29 5 21 20 19 2 8 8 8
Slovak Republic 94 90 30 78 35 7 2 (2) (2) 22 25 25 (2) (2) 16 19 21 (2) (2) 5 6 7
Slovenia 97 97 32 83 26 24 (2) (2) 37 40 41 (2) (2) 35 38 38 (2) (2) 11 11 11
Spain 93 82 20 40 22 12 7 15 21 34 34 34 11 14 22 22 21 4 5 9 8 8
Sweden 99 98 35 92 20 11 12 8 9 17 16 16 11 11 32 30 28 7 6 16 15 14
                                             
Switzerland 91 87 40 79 48 21 10 6 6 12 12 13 11 12 20 21 22 5 6 10 11 11
Turkey 56 33 5 20 7 20 24 25 4 11 13 14 2 4 5 5
United Kingdom 91 74 12 26 11 6 5 15 16 28 29 29 7 11 13 13 12 7 7 7
United States 95 84 7 23 5 # # 37 41 45 45 47 15 17 23 24 24 8 9 11 10 11
                                             
Other reporting countries                                            
Brazil 85 83 31 55 32 20 15 10 12 14 9 11 12 5 6 7
Russian Federation 75 36 5 13 5 2 2 (2) (2) 41 44 (2) (2) 26 27 (2) (2) #
—Not available.
#Rounds to zero.
1 Refers to the mean of the data values for all reporting OECD countries, to which each country reporting data contributes equally. The average includes all current OECD countries for which a given year's data are available, even if they were not members of OECD in that year. However, if data were reported for less than 75 percent of the countries that were members of OECD in a given year, the average for that year is omitted.
2 Country did not exist in its current form in the given year.
3 Data for 1985 are for the former West Germany.
NOTE: Data refer to programs classified by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) as International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED) level 3, level 5A (first and second award), level 5B, and level 6. ISCED level 3 corresponds to secondary education in the United States. ISCED levels 5A (first and second award), 5B, and 6 together make up total tertiary education, which corresponds to 2-year and 4-year college undergraduate and graduate programs in the United States. Includes both full-time and part-time students. Some increases in enrollment rates may be due to more complete reporting by countries. Enrollment figures may not be directly comparable due to differing definitions of postsecondary (tertiary) education and the age at which it begins. Differences in reference dates between enrollment and population data can result in enrollment rates that exceed 100 percent. Postsecondary data for Luxembourg are not shown because tertiary students study for only 1 year in Luxembourg.
SOURCE: Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Education at a Glance, selected years, 1987 through 2001; and Online Education Database, retrieved May 10, 2011, from http://stats.oecd.org/Index.aspx. (This table was prepared May 2011.)
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