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Table 424. Number of bachelor's degree recipients per 100 persons at the typical age of graduation, by sex and country: 2003 through 2008
Country Typical age of graduation, 2008 Total Male Female
2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
OECD average1 33.9 34.7 36.2 37.5 39.1 27.6 27.5 28.7 30.0 31.0 40.5 42.3 44.0 45.3 47.5
Australia 21-23 54.8 46.9 59.9 59.6 60.7 58.9 46.7 37.4 47.9 47.4 48.6 47.0 63.4 57.0 72.5 72.5 73.4 71.4
Austria 22-26 19.0 19.6 20.4 21.7 22.4 25.8 18.7 19.0 19.0 20.4 20.8 22.7 19.4 20.3 21.8 22.9 24.0 29.1
Belgium (Flemish) 22-24 18.3 18.4 19.0 35.4 27.0 17.5 17.0 17.9 32.6 24.4 19.0 19.8 20.2 38.2 29.6
Canada 22-24 31.5 33.6 39.3 35.2 39.5 24.3 25.2 29.5 26.5 29.1 39.1 42.2 49.7 44.3 50.6
Chile 23-26 25.1 11.5 15.0 14.5 14.7 22.9 9.7 13.0 11.9 11.7 27.5 13.4 17.0 17.3 17.8
                                       
Czech Republic 22-24 17.3 21.0 26.0 30.7 36.4 39.2 15.9 18.8 22.6 26.5 31.0 32.2 18.8 23.4 29.5 35.2 42.1 46.6
Denmark 24-26 38.6 49.9 52.9 50.3 50.9 50.3 25.1 35.6 37.2 37.0 38.3 38.3 52.3 64.4 69.2 63.7 63.9 62.6
Estonia 22-24 28.5 26.4 27.3 23.8 17.6 15.4 17.6 14.9 39.5 37.8 37.3 32.8
Finland2 24-26 55.8 54.7 53.8 57.3 58.8 79.8 40.4 39.5 38.8 40.6 41.3 55.3 72.2 70.5 69.7 74.5 77.4 105.6
France 20-25 41.5 40.0 34.2 33.8 33.9 34.9 33.4 30.6 30.2 30.3 48.4 46.9 37.9 37.5 37.6
                                       
Germany 24-27 19.5 20.6 20.5 21.0 23.2 25.5 19.3 20.3 20.0 20.0 22.0 24.0 19.7 20.9 21.1 22.0 24.4 27.0
Greece 22-27 19.1 23.9 23.5 21.7 26.6 13.3 16.3 16.1 14.7 18.3 25.4 32.2 31.7 29.4 35.5
Hungary 23-24 33.6 37.3 41.5 38.2 38.8 37.6 24.6 26.6 29.0 26.1 26.2 25.2 43.2 48.4 54.5 51.0 51.8 50.4
Iceland 24-26 44.2 50.5 56.3 62.8 62.8 55.9 29.4 31.4 33.6 37.7 38.0 34.1 59.1 70.3 80.5 89.6 88.0 78.9
Ireland 21-23 36.8 38.6 40.7 42.8 44.8 46.0 29.7 31.9 33.3 33.4 36.4 36.9 44.0 45.3 48.0 52.5 53.4 55.2
                                       
Israel 26-29 32.3 32.9 33.4 36.1 36.3 25.3 25.7 26.8 29.1 29.6 39.6 40.2 40.3 43.1 43.1
Italy 23-25 27.8 40.1 44.8 42.7 38.7 35.8 24.0 33.3 37.3 35.1 31.6 29.5 31.6 47.2 52.7 50.6 46.1 42.3
Japan 21-23 34.4 36.3 36.9 38.7 38.8 40.6 40.1 41.4 41.3 42.8 42.9 44.9 28.5 31.0 32.2 34.3 34.4 36.0
Korea, Republic of 22-24 31.7 32.3 35.5 41.0 42.9 48.7 32.1 31.5 34.8 40.2 42.7 49.0 31.2 33.2 36.2 41.7 43.2 48.5
Mexico 23-26 14.3 13.8 15.2 18.1 18.2 17.8 13.3 13.1 14.5 16.7 16.8 16.2 15.3 14.4 15.9 19.5 19.7 19.3
                                       
Netherlands 23 42.5 42.9 47.2 49.2 47.8 46.0 36.4 37.2 40.2 42.9 41.7 39.8 48.7 48.6 54.3 55.7 54.1 52.3
New Zealand 21-23 39.0 47.6 49.0 53.5 53.8 50.0 29.1 34.9 36.6 40.6 41.6 37.6 49.1 61.0 62.0 67.0 66.0 63.0
Norway 22-25 42.0 43.3 42.1 45.1 45.0 46.1 30.0 31.5 28.8 31.9 31.8 33.9 54.2 55.3 55.8 58.8 58.7 58.8
Poland 23-25 44.4 45.0 44.8 46.6 48.2 32.6 32.8 32.9 34.4 35.0 56.6 57.6 57.1 59.2 61.9
Portugal 22-24 32.9 33.7 34.9 46.0 50.4 20.4 21.7 22.7 35.0 40.3 45.6 46.0 47.4 57.4 60.9
                                       
Slovak Republic 21-24 28.3 30.1 33.7 37.9 57.6 24.4 25.6 26.0 26.8 38.7 32.4 34.8 41.8 49.6 77.3
Slovenia 25-26 21.6 21.6 21.1 22.6 14.3 14.2 13.9 14.4 29.4 29.3 29.0 31.7
Spain 20-22 32.0 35.2 35.0 35.3 34.7 35.5 25.5 27.5 27.1 27.1 26.6 27.3 38.9 43.2 43.3 43.8 43.3 44.2
Sweden 25 38.4 39.9 44.0 43.3 42.2 40.9 28.6 29.7 30.8 29.8 29.1 27.9 48.5 50.5 57.6 57.2 55.8 54.7
Switzerland 24-27 20.9 22.4 25.0 27.0 28.9 30.6 23.5 24.0 26.1 26.8 28.7 29.2 18.4 20.9 23.9 27.1 29.2 32.0
                                       
Turkey 23 14.0 11.3 15.4 17.0 19.5 15.2 11.8 16.3 17.9 20.6 12.7 10.7 14.5 15.9 18.4
United Kingdom 20-24 39.2 39.8 39.0 39.0 40.2 34.2 34.1 33.0 32.9 33.5 44.3 45.7 45.2 45.4 47.2
United States 21-23 33.4 33.2 34.2 35.5 36.5 37.3 27.6 27.5 28.1 29.1 30.1 31.0 39.4 39.2 40.7 42.4 43.4 43.9
                                       
Other reporting
   countries
                                     
Brazil 22 15.6 17.5 21.3 22.7 25.6 11.8 13.3 16.2 18.4 19.9 19.4 21.6 26.4 27.0 31.3
Russian Federation 21-22 45.9 43.7 48.6 52.7
—Not available.
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 Much of the increase in Finnish degree recipients between 2007 and 2008 occurred because students had a strong incentive to complete their degrees in 2008. Structural changes in the Finnish higher education system went into effect in 2009. Students who did not complete their degrees in 2008 may have had to spend extra time or take additional courses in order to meet new requirements.
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 5A, first award. This level corresponds to the bachelor's degree in the United States. The recipients-per-100-persons ratio relates the number of people of all ages earning bachelor's degrees in a particular year to the number of people in the population at the typical age of graduation. The typical age is based on full-time attendance and normal progression through the education system (without repeating coursework, taking time off, etc.); this age varies across countries because of differences in their education systems and differences in program duration. This age is presented for the most recent year of data and may differ from previous years; please see previously published volumes of the Digest of Education Statistics for the typical age of graduation in previous years. 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, 2005 through 2011; and Online Education Database, retrieved June 21, 2011, from http://stats.oecd.org/Index.aspx. (This table was prepared June 2011.)
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