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Table 423. Percentage of the population 25 to 64 years old who attained a postsecondary vocational degree, by age group and country: Selected years, 1999 through 2009 2001 and 2008
Country 1999 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Total, 25 to 64 years old 25 to 34 years old Total, 25 to 64 years old 25 to 34 years old Total, 25 to 64 years old 25 to 34 years old Total, 25 to 64 years old 25 to 34 years old Total, 25 to 64 years old 25 to 34 years old Total, 25 to 64 years old 25 to 34 years old Total, 25 to 64 years old 25 to 34 years old Total, 25 to 64 years old 25 to 34 years old Total, 25 to 64 years old 25 to 34 years old Total, 25 to 64 years old 25 to 34 years old
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21
OECD average1 8.4 10.5 8.9 10.8 9.0 10.7 9.5 11.2 9.0 10.3 8.8 9.8 9.0 10.0 9.4 10.1 9.7 10.4 10.4 (0.03) 11.0 (0.07)
Australia 9.0 8.8 9.7 9.7 10.7 11.1 10.8 11.4 8.9 9.2 9.0 8.9 9.2 9.6 9.6 10.2 10.1 9.8 10.1 (0.20) 10.2 (0.39)
Austria2 4.7 5.8 7.3 7.4 7.5 7.5 7.2 7.0 9.2 9.1 8.7 8.1 7.5 6.3 7.2 5.6 7.4 5.9 7.6 (0.08) 5.8 (0.16)
Belgium 13.9 17.9 14.9 19.7 15.3 19.9 16.0 20.7 16.8 22.1 17.3 21.5 17.7 22.5 18.1 23.1 15.9 19.5 15.9 (0.15) 18.3 (0.34)
Canada 20.2 23.7 21.2 25.4 21.6 25.1 22.0 25.3 22.4 25.6 22.8 25.6 22.9 25.5 23.7 26.3 23.6 26.1 24.1 (0.16) 26.0 (0.32)
Chile2,3 0.9 1.4 1.0 1.6 1.5 2.3 1.2 1.7 2.8 4.1 8.5 11.5 8.0 (0.11) 11.0 (0.22)
                                             
Denmark 5.3 5.8 5.1 5.8 6.9 7.8 7.2 7.7 7.6 9.1 7.6 9.1 6.7 8.1 7.0 8.2 7.2 (0.11) 8.5 (0.35)
Estonia 11.1 8.7 11.1 8.7 11.1 9.4 12.0 12.3 13.2 (0.33) 14.8 (0.75)
Finland 17.4 21.8 17.5 20.2 17.0 18.7 16.9 16.7 16.9 14.2 16.6 11.0 15.9 9.0 15.4 7.5 15.0 5.4 14.7 (0.11) 3.4 (0.13)
France 10.5 15.6 11.2 16.7 11.6 17.4 9.2 15.5 9.6 16.0 10.0 17.0 10.6 17.7 10.9 17.7 11.1 16.9 11.6 (0.07) 17.5 (0.18)
Germany 9.9 8.6 9.7 8.2 10.0 8.3 9.9 7.8 10.3 8.1 9.7 7.4 8.9 6.8 8.7 6.5 9.0 6.5 9.3 (0.05) 6.8 (0.09)
                                             
Greece 5.5 8.6 5.4 7.4 5.7 7.1 5.7 7.1 6.0 7.4 6.7 8.4 7.0 9.0 7.4 9.4 6.6 9.6 6.7 (0.06) 10.1 (0.16)
Hungary 0.2 0.5 0.3 0.6 # 0.9 # 1.0 # (†) 1.0 (#)
Iceland 4.6 5.3 6.0 5.5 6.3 6.1 4.3 3.1 4.7 3.3 3.9 3.0 3.7 3.2 3.4 2.2 3.9 (0.21) 2.5 (0.31)
Ireland2 10.5 13.4 21.6 28.1 9.5 13.5 10.0 14.1 10.5 14.5 10.6 14.4 10.9 14.0 11.1 14.0 11.7 14.5 14.9 (0.10) 18.7 (0.20)
Israel 16.2 15.3 15.9 14.8 15.9 15.1 16.0 15.1 16.0 15.1 15.2 13.4 15.1 13.4 15.5 (0.14) 13.4 (0.26)
                                             
Italy 0.5 0.6 0.5 0.6 0.5 0.6 # # # (†) # (†)
Japan 13.4 22.1 14.6 23.4 16.2 25.3 16.5 25.2 17.7 25.3 17.5 24.4 17.9 24.6 18.5 24.1 19.1 (0.10) 23.9 (0.25)
Korea, Republic of 5.8 11.9 6.7 14.5 7.6 15.5 7.8 16.7 8.4 18.3 8.9 19.3 9.5 20.1 10.2 21.6 10.9 23.3 11.6 (0.16) 25.5 (0.42)
Luxembourg 6.6 8.1 6.7 8.3 7.1 8.6 8.9 12.1 9.4 13.5 9.6 13.2 7.6 10.8 8.8 11.9 7.7 10.8 14.6 (0.34) 20.4 (0.87)
Mexico 1.3 2.2 1.7 2.7 3.3 6.0 1.8 2.7 2.0 3.0 1.1 1.2 1.0 1.1 1.0 1.1 1.1 1.2 1.1 (0.01) 1.2 (0.03)
                                             
Netherlands 2.5 2.4 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.4 2.4 2.4 1.8 1.6 1.8 1.7 1.7 1.6 2.4 2.2 2.8 (0.03) 2.5 (0.07)
New Zealand 13.9 10.4 15.3 11.6 15.1 11.8 14.8 11.7 7.7 5.2 7.4 4.6 15.3 13.8 15.7 14.3 14.9 13.9 16.9 (0.36) 15.9 (0.76)
Norway2 2.0 2.2 2.6 2.6 2.5 2.4 2.5 2.4 2.4 2.2 2.4 1.9 2.4 1.7 2.4 1.9 2.4 1.8 2.2 (0.06) 1.4 (0.11)
Portugal 2.7 3.0 2.4 3.1 2.2 2.9 2.4 3.1 (†) (†)
Slovak Republic 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.5 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.7 0.8 0.9 0.9 0.9 0.7 0.7 0.8 0.6 0.8 (0.04) 0.9 (0.08)
                                             
Slovenia 9.6 9.5 9.6 9.5 10.6 12.4 10.8 11.7 10.8 (0.16) 11.7 (0.35)
Spain 6.2 11.4 6.7 11.6 7.0 12.0 7.2 11.7 7.5 11.6 8.3 12.8 8.7 13.2 9.0 13.0 9.2 13.0 9.5 (0.05) 13.2 (0.11)
Sweden 15.6 20.7 14.7 17.1 14.8 17.1 14.9 16.7 15.2 16.4 9.1 8.9 8.8 8.5 8.7 8.5 8.6 8.4 8.7 (0.07) 8.5 (0.15)
Switzerland 9.1 9.3 9.6 9.7 9.0 9.6 9.4 9.8 10.1 10.2 9.7 9.1 9.9 9.0 10.0 9.5 10.4 9.7 10.3 (0.17) 9.4 (0.36)
United Kingdom 8.2 8.4 8.0 9.0 8.3 8.1 8.7 8.9 8.8 8.7 8.8 8.1 8.7 8.2 9.1 7.7 9.0 7.7 10.0 (0.06) 8.5 (0.12)
United States 8.3 8.7 9.0 9.2 9.1 8.7 9.0 8.6 9.3 8.8 9.4 9.0 9.6 9.3 9.4 9.3 9.6 9.3 9.8 (0.08) 8.9 (0.15)
                                             
Other reporting
   countries
                                           
Russian Federation 33.5 34.2 (†) (†)
—Not available.
†Not applicable.
#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.
2 Data from 1998 reported for 1999.
3 Data from 2000 reported for 2001.
NOTE: Data in this table refer to degrees classified by OECD as International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED) level 5B. ISCED level 5B corresponds to the associate's degree in the United States in this table. Standard errors appear in parentheses.
SOURCE: Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Education at a Glance, 2001 through 2011. (This table was prepared July 2011.)

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