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Table 401. Percentage of population enrolled in secondary and postsecondary education, by age group and country: Selected years, 1985 through 2005
Country Second-ary, 16 years old, 2005 Second-ary, 17 years old, 2005 Postsecondary education (total tertiary education)
18 to 21 years old 22 to 25 years old 26 to 29 years old
1985 1990 1999 2003 2005 1985 1990 1999 2003 2005 1985 1990 1999 2003 2005
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
OECD countries                                  
Australia 93 80 31 34 34 15 20 21 8 10 10
Austria 92 77 15 16 16 20 19 20 12 9 9
Belgium (Flemish) 101 99 25 42 42 43 7 15 18 19 2 3 5 6
Canada 27 18 7
Czech Republic 100 97 (1) (1) 17 21 23 (1) (1) 12 16 21 (1) (1) 4 5 6
                                   
Denmark 93 85 7 7 8 10 10 16 18 27 30 34 8 9 15 17 20
Finland 96 95 9 14 23 23 24 17 21 35 39 40 8 10 18 19 20
France 97 89 19 25 35 36 36 10 12 20 21 20 4 4 5 5 5
Germany2  96 92 9 9 11 13 13 16 19 21 23 9 10 11 12 13
Greece 101 75 54 51 65 7 25 18 2 12 8
                                   
Hungary 96 92 20 27 29 14 19 23 5 9 9
Iceland 94 83 7 12 12 21 26 28 9 14 16
Ireland 96 76 21 33 37 38 11 12 13 3 5 5
Italy 88 83 22 27 29 21 22 23 7 8 8
Japan 97 95
                                   
Korea, Republic of 95 93 51 58 65 26 32 32 6 7 6
Luxembourg 82 78
Mexico 54 41 12 15 16 8 8 9 1 2 3
Netherlands 95 83 14 18 26 28 29 12 13 20 22 24 6 5 5 6 7
New Zealand 87 70 21 29 28 34 15 14 21 23 8 10 11
                                   
Norway 94 92 9 14 19 19 19 14 17 28 29 30 6 8 12 14 14
Poland 97 95 21 28 31 21 28 30 5 7 6
Portugal 80 76 6 25 27 27 5 17 21 21 2 6 8 8
Slovak Republic 95 90 (1) (1) 21 22 (1) (1) 14 16 (1) (1) 4 5
Spain 94 82 15 21 32 34 34 11 14 24 23 22 4 5 8 8 9
                                   
Sweden 97 98 8 9 16 17 17 11 11 25 30 32 7 6 12 15 16
Switzerland 90 86 6 6 10 11 12 11 12 17 19 20 5 6 9 9 10
Turkey 55 28 7 14 14 20 4 9 6 11 2 4 2 4
United Kingdom 94 80 15 16 29 30 28 7 11 12 12 13 6 7 7
United States 96 83 37 41 44 39 45 15 17 18 23 23 8 9 11 11 11
                                   
Reporting partner economies                                  
Brazil 87 83 9 10 8 9 4 5
Chile 95 89
Estonia 97 92 (1) (1) 32 (1) (1) 22 (1) (1) 12
Israel 95 90 12 12 26 25 16 15
Russian Federation 21 19 (1) (1) 41 (1) (1) 26 (1) (1)
Slovenia 98 94 (1) (1) 37 (1) (1) 35 (1) (1) 11
— Not available.
1 Country did not exist in its current form in the given year.
2 Data 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. Some data have been revised from previously published figures.
SOURCE: Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Education at a Glance, selected years, 1987 through 2001; and Education Online Database, retrieved June 30, 2008, from http://stats.oecd.org/WBOS/Default.aspx. (This table was prepared July 2008.)

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