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Table 457. Percentage of population enrolled in secondary and postsecondary education, by age group and country: Selected years, 1985 through 2009
Country Secondary education, 2009 Postsecondary education (total tertiary education)
16 years old 17 years old 18 to 21 years old 22 years old and older 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 2008 2009 1985 1990 2005 2008 2009 1985 1990 2005 2008 2009
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24
OECD average1 93 85 26 53 25 13 9 2 --- --- 28 29 30 --- --- 23 24 24 --- --- 10 10 10
Australia 92 76 22 35 21 17 14 3 --- --- 34 35 36 --- --- 21 22 23 --- --- 10 10 11
Austria 91 76 19 46 19 8 4 # --- --- 16 18 19 --- --- 20 23 24 --- --- 9 12 13
Belgium 100 99 --- 47 23 13 --- --- 25 --- 43 42 44 7 --- 19 20 21 2 --- 6 6 6
Canada 93 78 --- 28 11 6 --- --- --- --- --- 34 36 --- --- --- 23 20 --- --- --- 8 8
Chile 87 84 12 31 11 4 2 # --- --- --- 31 34 --- --- --- 22 24 --- --- --- 9 10
                                               
Czech Republic 100 95 32 83 37 7 3 # (2) (2) 23 25 25 (2) (2) 21 25 26 (2) (2) 6 7 7
Denmark 92 85 47 80 55 31 21 2 7 7 10 12 12 16 18 34 34 33 8 9 20 19 19
Estonia 96 91 26 76 19 8 4 # (2) (2) 32 31 31 (2) (2) 22 23 24 (2) (2) 12 10 10
Finland 95 94 40 93 33 17 16 4 9 14 24 23 23 17 21 40 39 37 8 10 20 21 19
France 93 87 20 47 22 9 4 # 19 25 36 36 36 10 12 20 19 19 4 4 5 5 5
                                               
Germany3 95 89 41 78 46 25 16 # 9 9 13 14 16 --- 16 23 23 24 9 10 13 12 12
Greece 93 84 13 19 10 6 16 # --- --- 65 51 --- --- --- 18 29 --- --- --- 8 11 ---
Hungary 97 95 28 67 28 12 6 1 --- --- 29 31 29 --- --- 23 24 24 --- --- 9 8 8
Iceland 94 85 51 75 69 36 23 3 --- --- 12 11 11 --- --- 28 26 26 --- --- 16 15 16
Ireland 102 84 11 37 3 1 2 # --- 21 38 39 43 --- --- 13 12 10 --- --- 5 6 ---
                                               
Israel 92 88 # 17 2 1 # # --- --- 12 12 13 --- --- 25 25 26 --- --- 15 17 18
Italy 92 86 26 74 21 6 3 # --- --- 29 28 27 --- --- 23 25 25 --- --- 8 8 8
Japan 96 94 # 3 1 --- --- # --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
Korea, Republic of 96 93 # 7 1 # # # --- --- 65 70 70 --- --- 32 34 36 --- --- 6 7 8
Luxembourg 85 83 38 69 44 24 14 # --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
                                               
Mexico 60 46 12 19 26 3 1 2 --- --- 16 18 19 --- --- 9 10 10 --- --- 3 3 3
Netherlands 98 88 37 61 42 27 16 1 14 18 29 32 32 12 13 24 26 26 6 5 7 8 8
New Zealand 94 78 15 29 14 10 8 3 --- 21 34 35 36 --- 15 23 21 23 --- --- 11 11 12
Norway 95 92 39 87 38 18 9 1 9 14 19 19 19 14 17 30 29 28 6 8 14 13 13
Poland 97 95 36 91 38 12 6 # --- --- 31 34 34 --- --- 30 31 32 --- --- 6 6 6
                                               
Portugal 97 87 25 48 28 16 10 4 6 --- 27 29 31 5 --- 21 19 18 2 --- 8 8 7
Slovak Republic 94 90 31 80 36 7 2 # (2) (2) 22 25 26 (2) (2) 16 21 23 (2) (2) 5 7 7
Slovenia 99 94 32 84 25 26 --- 1 (2) (2) 37 41 42 (2) (2) 35 38 39 (2) (2) 11 11 11
Spain 96 82 20 40 22 13 8 1 15 21 34 34 35 11 14 22 21 22 4 5 9 8 9
Sweden 100 98 38 93 27 15 12 2 8 9 17 16 16 11 11 32 28 28 7 6 16 14 15
                                               
Switzerland 91 87 --- 78 49 22 --- --- 6 6 12 13 14 11 12 20 22 22 5 6 10 11 11
Turkey 60 50 6 26 --- --- --- --- --- 7 20 25 29 --- 4 11 14 17 --- 2 4 5 6
United Kingdom 93 76 12 27 10 6 4 1 15 16 28 29 30 7 11 13 12 13 --- --- 7 7 7
United States 93 85 7 23 5 # # # 37 41 45 47 47 15 17 23 24 26 8 9 11 11 12
                                               
Other reporting countries                                              
Brazil 86 83 30 55 31 19 14 3 --- --- 10 14 13 --- --- 9 12 13 --- --- 5 7 7
Russian Federation 72 40 # 14 5 2 2 # (2) (2) 41 44 --- (2) (2) 26 27 --- (2) (2) --- # ---
---Not available.
#Rounds to zero.
1Refers 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.
2Country did not exist in its current form in the given year.
3Data 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 April 17, 2012, from http://stats.oecd.org/Index.aspx. (This table was prepared April 2012.)
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