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Digest of Education Statistics: 2008
Digest of Education Statistics: 2008

NCES 2009-020
March 2009


Table 415. Number of bachelor's degree recipients per 100 persons of the typical age of graduation, by sex and country: 2002 through 2005
Country Typical age of graduation Male and female Male Female
2002 2003 2004 2005 2002 2003 2004 2005 2002 2003 2004 2005
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
OECD countries                          
Australia 20–22 50.7 54.8 46.9 59.9 43.0 46.7 37.4 47.9 58.8 63.4 57.0 72.5
Austria 22–23 18.0 19.0 19.6 20.4 17.9 18.7 19.0 19.0 18.1 19.4 20.3 21.8
Belgium (Flemish) 22–24 19.2 18.3 18.4 18.7 17.5 17.0 19.7 19.0 19.8
Canada 22–23 31.5 33.6 24.3 25.2 39.1 42.2
Czech Republic 22–25 15.4 17.3 21.0 26.0 14.3 15.9 18.8 22.6 16.6 18.8 23.4 29.5
                           
Denmark 22–26 34.4 38.6 49.9 52.9 23.4 25.1 35.6 37.2 45.7 52.3 64.4 69.2
Finland 22–28 51.8 55.8 54.7 53.8 37.7 40.4 39.5 38.8 66.4 72.2 70.5 69.7
France (1) 39.0 41.5 40.0 32.9 34.9 33.4 45.3 48.4 46.9
Germany 25–26 19.2 19.5 20.6 20.5 19.3 19.3 20.3 20.0 19.1 19.7 20.9 21.1
Greece 21–24 19.1 23.9 13.3 16.3 25.4 32.2
                           
Hungary (1) 31.1 33.6 37.3 41.5 23.2 24.6 26.6 29.0 39.3 43.2 48.4 54.5
Iceland 23–25 40.0 44.2 50.5 56.3 27.2 29.4 31.4 33.6 53.1 59.1 70.3 80.5
Ireland 21–24 30.9 36.8 38.6 40.7 25.6 29.7 31.9 33.3 36.2 44.0 45.3 48.0
Italy 22–25 22.4 27.8 40.1 44.8 19.2 24.0 33.3 37.3 25.6 31.6 47.2 52.7
Japan 22–24 34.1 34.4 36.3 36.9 40.2 40.1 41.4 41.3 27.6 28.5 31.0 32.2
                           
Korea, Republic of (1) 31.5 31.7 32.3 35.5 31.6 32.1 31.5 34.8 31.3 31.2 33.2 36.2
Mexico (1) 16.5 14.3 13.8 15.2 15.6 13.3 13.1 14.5 17.4 15.3 14.4 15.9
Netherlands 22–24 38.6 42.5 42.9 47.2 34.4 36.4 37.2 40.2 42.9 48.7 48.6 54.3
New Zealand 21–24 41.6 39.0 47.6 49.0 31.8 29.1 34.9 36.6 51.3 49.1 61.0 62.0
Norway 22–24 41.1 42.0 43.3 42.1 29.7 30.0 31.5 28.8 52.8 54.2 55.3 55.8
                           
Poland 24–25 44.4 45.0 32.6 32.8 56.6 57.6
Portugal 22–23 32.9 33.7 20.4 21.7 45.6 46.0
Slovak Republic 21–24 28.3 30.1 24.4 25.6 32.4 34.8
Spain 20–22 33.1 32.0 35.2 35.0 26.4 25.5 27.5 27.1 40.0 38.9 43.2 43.3
Sweden 23–26 35.2 38.4 39.9 44.0 26.5 28.6 29.7 30.8 44.1 48.5 50.5 57.6
                           
Switzerland 23–26 20.8 20.9 22.4 25.0 23.3 23.5 24.0 26.1 18.3 18.4 20.9 23.9
Turkey 22–28 14.0 11.3 15.2 11.8 12.7 10.7
United Kingdom 21–23 39.2 39.8 34.2 34.1 44.3 45.7
United States 22–24 36.1 33.4 33.2 34.2 29.7 27.6 27.5 28.1 42.9 39.4 39.2 40.7
Reporting partner economies                          
Brazil (1) 15.6 17.5 11.8 13.3 19.4 21.6
Chile (1) 25.1 11.5 22.9 9.7 27.5 13.4
Estonia (1) 28.5 17.6 39.5
Israel 22–26 32.3 32.9 25.3 25.7 39.6 40.2
Russian Federation (1) 45.9
Slovenia (1) 21.6 14.3 29.4
— Not available.
1 Typical age of graduation data not available. Estimates calculated using the age range 22–23.
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 a year, taking a year off, etc.); this age varies across countries because of differences in their education systems and differences in program duration. Data for Luxembourg are not shown because tertiary students study for only 1 year in Luxembourg. Some data have been revised from previously published figures.
SOURCE: Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Education at a Glance, 2004 through 2007; and Education Online Database, retrieved July 1, 2008, from http://stats.oecd.org/WBOS/Default.aspx. (This table was prepared July 2008.)