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Table C.4.08. OECD: Cumulative expenditure per student over the theoretical duration of primary and secondary studies, by level of education and country: 2008

Country Average theoretical duration of
primary and secondary studies (in years)
  Cumulative expenditure per student over the theoretical duration of primary and secondary studies (in USD)   Cumulative expenditure per student between the ages of 6 and 15
Primary education Lower secondary education Upper secondary education Total primary and secondary education   Primary education Lower secondary education   Upper secondary education All secondary education   Total primary and secondary education  
OECD average 5.9 3.2 3.3 12.4   $42,052   $60,979   $101,643   $78,615
OECD countries                            
Australia 7.0 4.0 2.0 13.0   47,064 36,798   17,643 54,441   101,505   74,663
Austria 4.0 4.0 4.0 12.0   38,169 46,132   47,824 93,957   132,126   108,214
Belgium 6.0 2.0 4.0 12.0   51,168 -   - 63,067 1 114,236   93,213
Canada2 6.0 2.0 4.0 12.0   - -   - -   100,658 3 83,881
Chile4 6.0 2.0 4.0 12.0   16,241 5,193   10,191 15,384   31,626   20,192
Czech Republic 5.0 4.0 4.0 13.0   18,997 25,353   24,120 49,473   68,471   50,381
Denmark 6.0 4.0 3.0 13.0   60,482 41,072   33,480 74,552   135,034   97,668
Estonia 6.0 3.0 3.0 12.0   33,473 18,793   19,383 38,177   71,650   58,728
Finland 6.0 3.0 3.0 12.0   42,552 32,851   22,384 55,235   97,787   80,737
France 5.0 4.0 3.0 12.0   31,334 35,266   36,260 71,525   102,860   78,687
Germany 4.0 6.0 3.0 13.0   23,716 45,055   31,792 76,847   100,563   68,771
Greece 6.0 3.0 3.0 12.0   - -   - -   -   -
Hungary5 4.0 4.0 4.0 12.0   17,978 19,406   17,884 37,290   55,268   46,605
Iceland 7.0 3.0 4.0 14.0   74,191 30,300   33,158 63,458   137,650   104,491
Ireland5 8.0 3.0 2.5 13.5   62,362 31,748   28,013 59,762   122,124   86,316
Israel 6.0 3.0 3.0 12.0   31,882 -   - 38,571 1 70,453   57,596
Italy5 5.0 3.0 5.0 13.0   43,354 28,847   45,606 74,452   117,807   90,443
Japan 6.0 3.0 3.0 12.0   44,945 25,864   28,676 54,540   99,484   80,367
Korea 6.0 3.0 3.0 12.0   32,522 18,921   28,998 47,918   80,441   61,109
Luxembourg 6.0 3.0 4.0 13.0   81,888 59,372   80,007 139,379   221,267   161,262
Mexico 6.0 3.0 3.0 12.0   13,478 5,558   9,830 15,388   28,865   22,312
Netherlands 6.0 2.0 3.0 11.0   43,246 21,216   33,903 55,119   98,366   87,065
New Zealand 6.0 4.0 3.0 13.0   33,492 24,285   24,075 48,360   81,852   57,777
Norway 7.0 3.0 3.0 13.0   77,537 35,580   42,116 77,696   155,233   113,116
Poland5 6.0 3.0 4.0 13.0   29,128 13,273   18,453 31,726   60,853   48,192
Portugal5 6.0 3.0 3.0 12.0   31,405 20,729   23,771 44,500   75,905   60,058
Slovak Republic 4.0 5.0 4.0 13.0   16,549 18,580   16,697 35,277   51,825   39,302
Slovenia5 6.0 3.0 3.0 12.0   - 83,581 6 21,852 105,432   105,432   90,865
Spain 6.0 4.0 2.0 12.0   43,106 -   - 58,752 1 101,858   82,274
Sweden 6.0 3.0 3.0 12.0   54,480 29,216   30,310 59,526   114,006   90,216
Switzerland5 6.0 3.0 3.5 12.5   54,377 50,210   65,953 116,164   170,540   123,431
Turkey 8.0 3.0 11.0   -   - -   -   -
United Kingdom 6.0 3.0 3.5 12.5   52,551 29,210   32,575 61,669   114,219   90,501
United States 6.0 3.0 3.0 12.0   59,894 34,652   38,069 72,722   132,616   107,236
Non-OECD member countries                            
Argentina - - - -   - -   - -   -   -
Brazil5 4.0 4.0 3.0 11.0   8,619 9,220   4,979 14,199   22,818   21,225
China5 6.0 3.0 3.0 12.0   - -   - -   -   -
India - - - -   - -   - -   -   -
Indonesia - - - -   - -   - -   -   -
Russian Federation5 4.0 5.0 2.0 11.0   - -   - -   5,304 3 20,583
Saudi Arabia - - - -   - -   - -   -   -
South Africa - - - -   - -   - -   -   -
— Not available.
† Not applicable.
‡ Reporting standards not met. Data are insufficient to report achievement.
1All secondary education includes data for Lower secondary education and Upper secondary education.
2Year of reference 2007 instead of 2008.
3Total primary and secondary education includes data for Primary education, Lower secondary education, Upper secondary education, and All secondary education.
4Year of reference 2009 instead of 2008.
5Public institutions only.
6Lower secondary education includes data for Primary education.
NOTE: Lower secondary typically refers to middle school, grades 6-8/9. Upper secondary typically refers to high school, grades 9/10-12. 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 B1.3b. Paris: Author.
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