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Table B.3.19. OECD: Percentage of educational attainment of population ages 25-64, by year, educational attainment, and country: 1997-2009
Country Educational Attainment 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009   1999-2009 Average annual growth rate
OECD average Below upper secondary 36.3 37.2 36.8 35.8 34.8 32.5 31.5 30.4 29.8 29.1 28.7 27.9 26.7   -3.4
  Upper secondary and post-secondary non-tertiary 43.1 42.2 42.1 42.5 42.7 44.6 44.7 44.4 44.1 44.4 44.3 44.2 44.1   0.9
  Tertiary education 20.6 20.6 21.1 21.7 22.5 23.8 24.7 26.1 27.0 27.4 27.9 28.7 30.0   3.7
OECD countries                                
Australia Below upper secondary 46.7 44.0 42.6 41.2 41.1 39.1 37.5 35.9 35.0 33.3 31.8 30.1 29.0   -3.8
  Upper secondary and post-secondary non-tertiary 29.0 30.6 30.7 31.3 29.9 30.2 31.2 33.3 33.3 33.7 34.4 33.8 34.1   1.1
  Tertiary education 24.3 25.4 26.7 27.5 29.0 30.8 31.3 30.8 31.7 33.0 33.7 36.1 36.9   3.3
Austria Below upper secondary 26.4 25.8 24.9 23.9 22.5 21.7 21.0 19.8 19.4 19.7 19.9 19.0 18.1   -3.1
  Upper secondary and post-secondary non-tertiary 63.0 60.5 61.4 62.2 63.3 63.7 64.2 61.9 62.8 62.7 62.6 63.0 62.8   0.2
  Tertiary education 10.6 13.7 13.7 13.9 14.1 14.6 14.7 18.3 17.8 17.6 17.6 18.1 19.0   3.4
Belgium Below upper secondary 45.0 43.3 42.6 41.5 40.5 39.2 38.0 35.7 33.9 33.1 32.0 30.4 29.4   -3.6
  Upper secondary and post-secondary non-tertiary 29.9 31.4 30.7 31.4 31.8 32.7 33.0 33.9 35.1 35.2 35.9 37.3 37.2   1.9
  Tertiary education 25.1 25.3 26.7 27.1 27.6 28.1 29.0 30.4 31.0 31.8 32.1 32.3 33.4   2.3
Canada Below upper secondary 22.3 21.4 20.5 19.4 18.0 17.3 16.2 15.7 14.8 14.4 13.4 13.0 12.4   -4.9
  Upper secondary and post-secondary non-tertiary 40.3 40.4 40.2 40.6 40.1 39.8 39.6 39.7 39.2 38.6 38.3 38.2 38.1   -0.5
  Tertiary education 37.4 38.2 39.3 40.1 41.9 42.9 44.2 44.6 46.1 47.0 48.3 48.8 49.5   2.3
Chile Below upper secondary 32.4 32.0 31.0  
  Upper secondary and post-secondary non-tertiary 43.9 43.8 44.7  
  Tertiary education 23.7 24.2 24.4  
Czech Republic Below upper secondary 15.0 14.7 14.0 14.1 13.8 12.1 13.6 10.9 10.1 9.7 9.5 9.1 8.6   -4.7
  Upper secondary and post-secondary non-tertiary 74.3 74.9 75.2 75.0 75.1 76.0 74.4 76.7 76.9 76.8 76.8 76.4 75.9   0.1
  Tertiary education 10.6 10.4 10.8 11.0 11.1 11.9 12.0 12.3 13.1 13.5 13.7 14.5 15.5   3.7
Denmark Below upper secondary 21.5 20.4 21.5 19.3 18.9 19.4 18.8 19.0 18.4 24.5 25.4 23.7   1.5
  Upper secondary and post-secondary non-tertiary 53.2 53.1 52.4 52.3 51.5 48.7 48.3 47.5 46.9 43.3 42.4 42.0   -2.3
  Tertiary education 25.4 26.5 26.2 28.4 29.6 31.9 32.9 33.5 34.7 32.2 32.1 34.3   2.6
Estonia Below upper secondary 12.4 11.5 11.1 10.9 11.5 10.9 11.5 11.1  
  Upper secondary and post-secondary non-tertiary 57.1 57.8 57.5 55.8 55.2 55.8 54.2 53.0  
  Tertiary education 30.5 30.6 31.4 33.3 33.3 33.3 34.3 36.0  
Finland Below upper secondary 31.7 31.0 28.5 27.5 26.2 25.2 24.0 22.4 21.2 20.4 19.5 18.9 18.0   -4.5
  Upper secondary and post-secondary non-tertiary 38.9 38.8 40.2 40.5 41.5 42.2 42.9 43.4 44.2 44.5 44.2 44.5 44.7   1.1
  Tertiary education 29.4 30.2 31.3 32.0 32.3 32.6 33.2 34.2 34.6 35.1 36.4 36.6 37.3   1.8
France Below upper secondary 40.5 39.3 38.1 37.0 36.1 35.2 34.8 34.2 33.2 32.6 31.5 30.4 30.0   -2.4
  Upper secondary and post-secondary non-tertiary 39.5 40.1 40.4 40.9 40.8 40.8 41.3 41.4 41.4 41.2 41.8 42.4 41.1   0.2
  Tertiary education 20.0 20.6 21.5 22.0 23.0 24.0 23.9 24.4 25.4 26.2 26.6 27.2 28.9   3.0
Germany Below upper secondary 16.8 16.2 18.8 18.3 17.4 17.0 16.6 16.1 16.9 16.8 15.6 14.7 14.5   -2.5
  Upper secondary and post-secondary non-tertiary 60.6 60.8 58.3 58.2 59.4 59.6 59.4 59.0 58.6 59.3 60.1 59.9 59.1   0.1
  Tertiary education 22.6 23.0 22.9 23.5 23.2 23.4 24.0 24.9 24.6 23.9 24.3 25.4 26.4   1.4
Greece Below upper secondary 55.9 53.9 52.2 50.7 50.0 48.3 46.7 43.6 42.5 41.0 40.2 38.9 38.8   -2.9
  Upper secondary and post-secondary non-tertiary 28.6 29.3 30.4 31.6 32.1 33.0 34.2 35.3 36.1 36.7 37.1 37.7 37.7   2.2
  Tertiary education 15.5 16.8 17.3 17.7 18.0 18.7 19.2 21.2 21.3 22.3 22.8 23.4 23.5   3.1
Hungary Below upper secondary 37.0 36.7 32.6 30.8 30.0 28.6 25.9 24.6 23.6 21.9 20.8 20.3 19.4   -5.1
  Upper secondary and post-secondary non-tertiary 50.8 50.1 53.8 55.2 56.0 57.2 58.7 58.6 59.3 60.4 61.2 60.5 60.7   1.2
  Tertiary education 12.2 13.2 13.5 14.0 14.0 14.2 15.4 16.7 17.1 17.7 18.0 19.2 19.9   3.9
Iceland Below upper secondary 43.9 44.6 44.0 44.7 43.2 41.3 40.3 39.0 37.1 36.7 36.1 35.9 34.1   -2.5
  Upper secondary and post-secondary non-tertiary 35.3 34.4 33.6 32.1 32.2 33.1 30.8 31.9 32.3 33.8 33.5 32.8 33.1   -0.1
  Tertiary education 20.9 21.0 22.4 23.2 24.6 25.6 28.9 29.1 30.5 29.5 30.4 31.3 32.8   3.9
Ireland Below upper secondary 50.4 48.7 44.9 54.0 44.7 40.0 38.3 37.2 35.5 33.8 32.4 30.5 28.5   -4.5
  Upper secondary and post-secondary non-tertiary 26.8 30.2 34.7 27.5 31.7 35.2 35.4 35.0 35.4 35.3 35.4 35.6 35.7   0.3
  Tertiary education 22.8 21.1 20.5 18.5 23.6 24.8 26.3 27.8 29.1 30.8 32.2 33.9 35.9   5.8
Israel Below upper secondary 19.7 18.1 21.0 20.8 20.3 19.6 18.8 18.2  
  Upper secondary and post-secondary non-tertiary 38.2 39.0 33.6 33.4 33.7 36.8 37.3 36.9  
  Tertiary education 42.1 42.9 45.4 45.8 45.9 43.6 44.0 44.9  
Italy Below upper secondary 59.3 57.8 57.9 56.7 55.6 51.6 51.4 49.9 48.7 47.7 46.7 45.7   -2.3
  Upper secondary and post-secondary non-tertiary 32.1 33.0 32.7 33.2 34.0 38.0 37.0 37.9 38.4 38.7 39.0 39.8   1.9
  Tertiary education 8.6 9.3 9.4 10.0 10.4 10.5 11.6 12.2 12.9 13.6 14.4 14.5   4.6
Japan Below upper secondary 20.3 20.0 19.0 17.1 16.8  
  Upper secondary and post-secondary non-tertiary 49.1 49.4 49.1 49.2 49.0 63.4 62.6 61.3 60.1 59.5 59.0 57.2 56.2  
  Tertiary education 30.5 30.6 31.8 33.6 34.1 36.6 37.4 38.7 39.9 40.5 41.0 42.8 43.8   3.2
Korea Below upper secondary 37.9 33.6 32.6 31.7 30.4 29.2 26.8 25.6 24.5 23.3 22.1 20.9 20.1   -4.7
  Upper secondary and post-secondary non-tertiary 42.3 43.9 44.3 44.4 44.7 44.8 43.7 44.0 43.9 43.7 43.3 42.6 41.2   -0.7
  Tertiary education 19.8 22.5 23.1 23.9 25.0 26.0 29.5 30.5 31.6 32.9 34.6 36.6 38.8   5.3
Luxembourg Below upper secondary 44.1 43.9 47.3 38.4 40.9 36.8 34.1 34.5 34.3 32.1 22.7   -6.4
  Upper secondary and post-secondary non-tertiary 37.5 37.8 34.6 43.0 44.8 39.6 39.3 41.5 39.2 40.3 42.5   1.3
  Tertiary education 18.3 18.3 18.1 18.6 14.3 23.7 26.5 24.0 26.5 27.7 34.8   6.6
Mexico Below upper secondary 72.2 72.0 72.8 70.9 70.3 70.0 70.1 68.6 68.4 67.6 66.7 66.4 64.8   -1.2
  Upper secondary and post-secondary non-tertiary 14.5 14.5 14.0 14.5 14.6 14.6 14.3 14.9 17.7 18.0 18.4 18.6 19.3   3.3
  Tertiary education 13.2 13.5 13.2 14.6 15.1 15.4 15.6 16.6 13.9 14.4 14.9 14.9 15.9   1.9
Netherlands Below upper secondary 35.7 45.3 35.1 34.9 32.2 30.8 29.1 28.2 27.6 26.8 26.7 26.6   -5.2
  Upper secondary and post-secondary non-tertiary 40.1 32.1 41.5 41.9 42.8 41.7 41.4 41.7 42.2 42.4 41.1 40.6   2.4
  Tertiary education 24.2 22.6 23.4 23.2 25.0 27.5 29.5 30.1 30.2 30.8 32.2 32.8   3.8
New Zealand Below upper secondary 39.6 38.6 38.0 36.8 35.5 34.4 33.1 32.9 31.6 31.1 28.9 27.9 27.8   -3.1
  Upper secondary and post-secondary non-tertiary 33.4 33.7 33.5 34.5 35.6 35.2 35.0 31.9 29.5 31.2 30.5 32.0 32.2   -0.4
  Tertiary education 27.1 27.6 28.5 28.7 28.9 30.4 31.9 35.2 38.9 37.8 40.6 40.0 40.0   3.5
Norway Below upper secondary 17.0 15.4 15.1 14.8 14.4 13.7 12.6 11.7 22.8 21.1 21.1 19.3 19.3  
  Upper secondary and post-secondary non-tertiary 57.2 57.2 57.4 56.8 55.4 55.3 56.4 56.5 44.5 46.0 44.7 44.7 44.0  
  Tertiary education 25.8 27.4 27.5 28.4 30.2 31.0 31.0 31.8 32.7 32.9 34.2 36.0 36.7  
Poland Below upper secondary 23.0 21.7 21.5 20.1 19.4 18.8 17.4 16.1 14.9 14.2 13.7 12.9 12.0   -5.6
  Upper secondary and post-secondary non-tertiary 66.8 67.4 67.2 68.5 68.7 68.6 68.4 68.2 68.2 67.9 67.6 67.6 66.8   -0.1
  Tertiary education 10.2 10.9 11.3 11.4 11.9 12.6 14.2 15.7 16.9 17.9 18.7 19.6 21.2   6.5
Portugal Below upper secondary 82.1 81.2 80.6 79.8 79.3 77.2 74.8 73.5 72.4 72.5 71.8 70.1   -1.5
  Upper secondary and post-secondary non-tertiary 9.5 10.2 10.5 11.0 11.3 11.9 12.6 13.6 14.1 13.8 13.9 15.2   4.1
  Tertiary education 8.3 8.7 8.8 9.2 9.4 11.0 12.5 12.8 13.5 13.7 14.3 14.7   5.4
Slovak Republic Below upper secondary 21.4 19.8 17.6 16.2 14.9 14.1 13.3 13.0 12.1 11.2 10.8 10.1 9.1   -6.4
  Upper secondary and post-secondary non-tertiary 68.1 69.9 72.4 73.4 74.2 75.0 74.9 74.2 73.9 74.2 74.7 75.2 75.2   0.4
  Tertiary education 10.5 10.3 10.1 10.4 10.9 11.0 11.8 12.8 14.0 14.6 14.4 14.8 15.8   4.6
Slovenia Below upper secondary 23.0 21.9 20.3 19.7 18.4 18.2 18.0 16.7  
  Upper secondary and post-secondary non-tertiary 61.8 60.4 60.6 60.1 60.2 59.6 59.4 60.0  
  Tertiary education 15.3 17.7 19.0 20.2 21.4 22.2 22.6 23.3  
Spain Below upper secondary 68.8 67.1 64.9 61.7 60.0 58.7 57.2 55.0 51.2 50.2 49.3 48.8 48.2   -2.9
  Upper secondary and post-secondary non-tertiary 12.6 13.2 14.1 15.7 16.3 17.0 17.6 18.6 20.6 21.3 21.7 22.0 22.1   4.6
  Tertiary education 18.6 19.7 21.0 22.6 23.6 24.4 25.2 26.4 28.2 28.5 29.0 29.2 29.7   3.5
Sweden Below upper secondary 25.1 24.4 23.7 20.8 19.9 19.1 18.4 17.8 17.1 16.6 16.0 15.5 14.2   -4.4
  Upper secondary and post-secondary non-tertiary 53.5 53.9 54.2 54.4 54.5 54.4 54.3 54.1 53.9 53.7 53.5 53.3 52.7   -0.2
  Tertiary education 21.4 21.7 22.1 24.8 25.6 26.5 27.3 28.1 29.0 29.7 30.5 31.2 33.0   3.7
Switzerland Below upper secondary 16.4 16.3 16.1 16.1 15.1 15.1 15.4 15.0 14.8 14.6 14.0 13.2 13.1  
  Upper secondary and post-secondary non-tertiary 61.4 60.8 60.3 59.7 59.5 59.6 57.7 56.9 56.5 55.5 54.6 53.2 51.7  
  Tertiary education 22.2 22.9 23.6 24.2 25.4 25.4 26.9 28.1 28.8 29.9 31.3 33.7 35.2  
Turkey Below upper secondary 79.0 78.2 77.5 76.7 76.4 75.0 73.5 72.8 71.9 70.9 70.4 69.7 68.9   -1.2
  Upper secondary and post-secondary non-tertiary 13.4 14.4 14.4 14.9 15.1 15.9 16.8 17.5 17.8 18.2 18.3 18.3 18.3   2.5
  Tertiary education 7.6 7.5 8.1 8.3 8.4 9.1 9.7 9.7 10.2 10.9 11.3 12.0 12.7   4.6
United Kingdom Below upper secondary 40.9 39.9 38.4 37.4 37.2 35.7 34.9 33.8 33.2 31.8 31.7 30.4 26.3   -3.7
  Upper secondary and post-secondary non-tertiary 36.5 36.3 36.7 36.9 36.7 37.4 37.1 36.8 37.1 37.5 36.5 37.1 36.8   0.0
  Tertiary education 22.6 23.8 24.9 25.7 26.1 26.8 28.0 29.3 29.7 30.7 31.8 32.5 36.9   4.0
United States Below upper secondary 14.1 13.5 13.1 12.6 12.3 12.7 12.5 12.1 12.2 12.2 12.1 11.3 11.4   -1.4
  Upper secondary and post-secondary non-tertiary 51.8 51.6 51.2 50.9 50.3 49.2 49.1 48.9 48.7 48.3 47.6 47.6 47.4   -0.8
  Tertiary education 34.1 34.9 35.8 36.5 37.3 38.1 38.4 39.1 39.0 39.5 40.3 41.1 41.2   1.4
Non-OECD member countries                                
Argentina  
Brazil Below upper secondary 63.2 61.2 59.3  
  Upper secondary and post-secondary non-tertiary 27.2 28.0 29.8  
  Tertiary education 9.6 10.8 10.9  
China  
India  
Indonesia  
Russian Federation  
Saudi Arabia  
South Africa  
— Not available.
† Not applicable.
NOTE: Below upper secondary typically refers to any schooling below high school. Upper secondary and post-secondary non-tertiary typically refers to high school and any programs that serve to broaden the knowledge of participants who have already completed high school but not entered vocational or higher education (typically lasting between six months and two years). Tertiary programs refer to post-secondary education and include both higher and vocational education/training. Norway revised the education attainment criteria in 2005; this created a major break in the time series. Apparent differences may not be statistically significant.
SOURCE: Data from Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). (2011). Education at a Glance: OECD Indicators 2011, table A1.4. Paris: Author.

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