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Table 420. Percentage of the population 25 to 64 years old who completed high school, by age group and country: 2001, 2005, and 2009
Country 2001 2005 2009
Total,
25 to 64 years old
25 to 34 years old 35 to 44 years old 45 to 54 years old 55 to 64 years old Total,
25 to 64 years old
25 to 34 years old Total,
25 to 64 years old
25 to 34 years old 35 to 44 years old 45 to 54 years old 55 to 64 years old
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
OECD average1 64.2 74.0 68.4 60.2 48.6 72.8 82.6 73.3 (0.03) 81.5 (0.06) 77.0 (0.06) 70.5 (0.07) 61.3 (0.08)
Australia 58.9 70.7 60.2 54.6 43.8 65.0 78.6 71.0 (0.29) 82.9 (0.49) 73.3 (0.55) 66.8 (0.59) 58.0 (0.70)
Austria2,3 75.7 83.3 80.4 71.9 62.5 80.6 87.5 81.9 (0.12) 88.4 (0.22) 85.1 (0.21) 80.4 (0.23) 71.7 (0.30)
Belgium2 58.5 75.3 62.6 51.3 38.4 66.1 80.9 70.6 (0.19) 83.1 (0.33) 77.7 (0.33) 66.6 (0.37) 53.7 (0.42)
Canada 81.9 89.3 84.9 81.0 66.6 85.2 90.8 87.6 (0.12) 92.0 (0.20) 90.8 (0.21) 86.6 (0.23) 80.4 (0.31)
Chile4  50.0 64.3 69.0 (0.19) 85.6 (0.24) 74.7 (0.28) 66.3 (0.32) 42.7 (0.40)
                                   
Czech Republic 86.2 92.5 89.8 84.0 76.3 89.9 93.9 91.4 (0.08) 94.2 (0.14) 94.4 (0.13) 90.5 (0.17) 85.9 (0.18)
Denmark 80.2 86.3 80.4 80.4 71.9 81.0 87.4 76.3 (0.17) 85.7 (0.43) 81.3 (0.40) 70.7 (0.34) 68.0 (0.29)
Estonia 89.1 87.4 88.9 (0.31) 86.3 (0.73) 92.4 (0.49) 92.9 (0.46) 83.3 (0.77)
Finland 73.8 86.8 84.3 70.0 50.9 78.8 89.4 82.0 (0.12) 90.4 (0.21) 88.4 (0.21) 83.6 (0.23) 67.5 (0.29)
France5  63.9 78.4 67.4 58.3 46.2 66.3 81.1 70.0 (0.10) 83.9 (0.17) 76.9 (0.18) 64.1 (0.20) 54.7 (0.21)
                                   
Germany 82.6 85.5 85.5 82.9 75.8 83.1 84.1 85.5 (0.06) 86.0 (0.13) 86.8 (0.11) 85.9 (0.11) 82.7 (0.13)
Greece 51.4 72.6 60.3 43.1 27.6 57.1 73.6 61.2 (0.12) 74.9 (0.23) 69.3 (0.23) 56.8 (0.24) 39.5 (0.25)
Hungary 70.2 80.9 78.5 71.8 44.1 76.4 85.0 80.6 (0.10) 86.0 (0.18) 82.9 (0.20) 79.8 (0.20) 72.5 (0.22)
Iceland 56.9 61.2 60.2 55.5 45.6 62.9 69.0 65.9 (0.50) 70.0 (0.93) 70.6 (0.98) 63.8 (0.97) 56.7 (1.14)
Ireland 57.6 73.4 62.4 48.2 35.3 64.5 81.1 71.5 (0.12) 85.8 (0.18) 77.2 (0.21) 64.6 (0.26) 47.6 (0.30)
                                   
Israel 79.2 85.7 81.8 (0.15) 87.4 (0.25) 83.9 (0.29) 77.9 (0.34) 74.3 (0.37)
Italy 43.3 57.5 49.3 38.5 21.8 50.1 65.9 54.3 (0.08) 70.3 (0.17) 57.9 (0.16) 50.4 (0.16) 36.7 (0.16)
Japan 83.1 93.6 94.0 81.1 62.8 (†) (†) (†) (†) (†)
Korea, Republic of 68.0 94.6 76.8 49.1 29.9 75.5 97.3 79.9 (0.20) 97.5 (0.15) 94.1 (0.22) 71.0 (0.44) 42.6 (0.63)
Luxembourg 52.7 59.4 56.7 47.1 42.1 65.9 76.5 77.3 (0.41) 83.8 (0.80) 78.8 (0.70) 74.4 (0.80) 70.5 (0.99)
                                   
Mexico 21.6 25.4 24.7 17.5 11.1 21.3 24.0 35.2 (0.06) 41.9 (0.12) 37.2 (0.12) 32.4 (0.13) 21.3 (0.14)
Netherlands2,5  65.0 74.0 69.0 60.0 51.0 71.8 81.3 73.4 (0.09) 82.4 (0.17) 77.6 (0.16) 71.4 (0.17) 62.5 (0.20)
New Zealand 75.7 81.8 79.5 75.1 60.1 78.7 85.2 72.2 (0.43) 79.3 (0.84) 75.5 (0.79) 70.5 (0.84) 61.5 (0.97)
Norway2  85.2 93.4 90.3 81.9 69.9 77.2 83.5 80.7 (0.16) 83.6 (0.33) 83.1 (0.29) 77.3 (0.34) 78.7 (0.34)
Poland 45.9 51.7 47.5 44.5 36.4 51.4 62.5 88.0 (0.10) 93.5 (0.15) 91.5 (0.17) 88.0 (0.18) 77.5 (0.25)
                                   
Portugal 19.9 32.5 19.9 13.6 8.5 26.5 42.8 29.9 (0.16) 48.2 (0.38) 31.4 (0.32) 21.9 (0.26) 14.1 (0.23)
Slovak Republic 85.1 93.7 89.9 82.9 66.0 85.7 93.0 90.9 (0.12) 94.8 (0.19) 94.2 (0.20) 89.8 (0.25) 82.8 (0.30)
Slovenia 80.3 91.2 83.3 (0.19) 93.5 (0.27) 85.0 (0.39) 79.6 (0.37) 73.8 (0.46)
Spain 40.0 57.1 44.7 29.0 17.1 48.8 63.9 51.8 (0.08) 64.1 (0.16) 58.0 (0.15) 46.5 (0.16) 30.3 (0.16)
Sweden 80.6 90.7 86.3 78.4 65.1 83.6 90.6 85.8 (0.09) 91.2 (0.16) 90.8 (0.14) 85.4 (0.18) 75.7 (0.21)
                                   
Switzerland 87.4 91.8 90.0 85.1 80.6 83.0 87.9 86.9 (0.19) 90.0 (0.36) 88.4 (0.32) 86.1 (0.38) 82.5 (0.45)
Turkey 24.3 30.2 23.5 19.2 13.3 27.2 35.7 31.1 (0.09) 41.6 (0.18) 27.7 (0.17) 24.7 (0.18) 19.3 (0.20)
United Kingdom3,5  63.0 68.0 65.0 61.2 55.1 66.7 72.9 73.7 (0.09) 81.6 (0.17) 76.5 (0.17) 71.7 (0.18) 64.0 (0.20)
United States 87.7 88.1 88.7 89.2 82.6 87.8 86.7 88.6 (0.12) 88.3 (0.19) 88.3 (0.18) 89.1 (0.21) 88.9 (0.20)
                                   
Other reporting countries                                  
Brazil4 29.5 38.0 40.7 (0.11) 52.5 (0.19) 42.0 (0.21) 33.5 (0.22) 24.5 (0.24)
Russian Federation6  88.0 91.0 93.7 89.4 71.2 (†) (†) (†) (†) (†)
—Not available.                                  
†Not applicable.      
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.
2 Data from 2000 reported for 2001.
3 Data in 2005 columns include some ISCED 3C short programs.
4 Data from 2004 reported for 2005.
5 Data in 2001 columns include some ISCED 3C short programs.
6 Data from 2002 reported for 2001.
NOTE: Data in this table refer to degrees classified by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) as International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED) level 3. ISCED level 3 corresponds to high school completion in the United States. ISCED 3C short programs do not correspond to high school completion; these short programs are excluded from this table except where otherwise noted. Standard errors appear in parentheses.
SOURCE: Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Education at a Glance, 2002, 2007, and 2011. (This table was prepared June 2011.)

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