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Digest of Education Statistics: 2017
Digest of Education Statistics: 2017

NCES 2018-070
January 2018


Table 603.10. Percentage of the population 25 to 64 years old who completed high school, by age group and country: Selected years, 2000 through 2016
[Standard errors appear in parentheses]
Country 2000 2005 2010 2014 2015 20161
Total,
25 to 64
years old
25 to 34
years old
Total,
25 to 64
years old
25 to 34
years old
Total,
25 to 64
years old
25 to 34
years old
Total,
25 to 64
years old
25 to 34
years old
Total,
25 to 64
years old
25 to 34
years old
Total,
25 to 64
years old
25 to 34
years old
35 to 44
years old
45 to 54
years old
55 to 64
years old
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16
OECD average2  65.1 75.2 70.6 79.2 74.4 (0.07) 81.5 (0.14) 77.1 (0.04) 83.2 (0.09) 77.2 (0.04) 83.6 (0.07) 78.4 (0.03) 84.1 (0.06) 81.8 (0.06) 77.0 (0.06) 69.7 (0.07)
Australia 58.8 68.3 65.0 78.6 73.2 (—) 84.8 (—) 77.1 (—) 86.7 (—) 79.0 (0.25) 88.1 (0.39) 79.9 (0.24) 88.6 (0.38) 85.2 (0.42) 75.7 (0.51) 67.6 (0.58)
Austria 76.9 85.6 82.4 (0.12) 87.8 (0.23) 83.9 (0.12) 90.0 (0.21) 84.6 (0.12) 90.0 (0.22) 84.5 (0.12) 88.6 (0.22) 87.2 (0.22) 83.5 (0.21) 78.6 (0.26)
Belgium 58.5 75.3 66.1 80.9 70.5 (—) 82.1 (—) 73.6 (0.19) 82.3 (0.34) 74.7 (0.19) 82.5 (0.35) 75.1 (0.19) 82.8 (0.35) 81.5 (0.34) 75.0 (0.36) 61.0 (0.41)
Canada 80.7 88.3 85.2 90.8 88.3 (—) 92.1 (—) 90.0 (—) 92.6 (—) 90.4 (—) 93.3 (—) 90.6 (0.11) 93.1 (0.17) 93.3 (0.17) 90.7 (0.18) 85.5 (0.25)
Chile (†) (†) (†) (†) 64.9 (0.13) 83.2 (0.20) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†)
                                                     
Czech Republic 85.9 92.4 89.9 93.9 91.9 (—) 94.2 (—) 93.2 (0.07) 94.6 (0.15) 93.2 (0.07) 93.7 (0.16) 93.4 (0.07) 93.4 (0.17) 95.4 (0.12) 94.6 (0.13) 89.6 (0.17)
Denmark 79.8 86.9 81.0 87.4 75.6 (—) 79.6 (—) 79.6 (—) 82.2 (—) 80.4 (0.17) 83.6 (0.36) 80.7 (0.18) 83.4 (0.38) 85.3 (0.34) 81.1 (0.34) 73.2 (0.38)
Estonia 85.2 91.4 88.7 87.3 89.1 (0.30) 86.5 (0.73) 88.1 (0.28) 86.9 (0.61) 88.6 (0.28) 87.7 (0.60) 88.9 (0.27) 87.5 (0.60) 86.6 (0.58) 93.6 (0.41) 88.2 (0.56)
Finland 73.2 86.3 78.8 89.4 83.0 (—) 90.8 (—) 86.5 (0.12) 90.2 (0.22) 87.2 (0.21) 89.5 (0.42) 87.9 (0.13) 90.1 (0.24) 91.3 (0.23) 89.0 (0.24) 81.7 (0.28)
France 62.2 76.4 66.8 81.5 70.8 (—) 83.8 (—) 77.3 (0.09) 86.7 (0.16) 77.5 (0.08) 86.5 (0.15) 78.1 (0.08) 86.7 (0.15) 84.2 (0.14) 76.7 (0.15) 65.2 (0.18)
                                                     
Germany 81.7 84.9 83.1 84.1 85.8 (—) 86.5 (—) 86.9 (0.06) 87.3 (0.12) 86.8 (0.06) 87.3 (0.12) 86.5 (0.05) 87.0 (0.11) 85.8 (0.12) 87.2 (0.10) 85.8 (0.11)
Greece 49.3 68.7 57.7 74.4 62.7 (0.12) 75.5 (0.22) 68.3 (0.13) 81.7 (0.24) 70.2 (0.13) 83.6 (0.24) 71.7 (0.13) 84.5 (0.24) 78.2 (0.23) 69.4 (0.24) 54.0 (0.26)
Hungary 69.2 81.3 76.4 85.0 81.3 (—) 86.3 (—) 83.1 (0.10) 87.0 (0.20) 83.2 (0.10) 86.0 (0.21) 83.4 (0.11) 85.5 (0.23) 86.5 (0.19) 83.0 (0.22) 78.1 (0.22)
Iceland 68.2 70.9 70.7 (0.48) 73.6 (0.91) 73.3 (0.48) 73.8 (0.95) 74.7 (0.47) 75.2 (0.96) 78.0 (0.46) 80.0 (0.94) 81.3 (0.89) 79.3 (0.88) 70.7 (1.00)
Ireland 57.3 73.0 64.5 81.1 72.8 (—) 85.6 (—) 78.8 (—) 90.1 (—) 79.8 (0.13) 90.8 (0.19) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†)
                                                     
Israel 78.9 85.5 82.1 (—) 88.1 (—) 85.4 (—) 90.8 (—) 85.5 (—) 91.2 (—) 86.8 (0.09) 91.8 (0.14) 88.2 (0.16) 84.5 (0.19) 79.9 (0.22)
Italy 42.1 56.4 50.1 65.9 55.2 (—) 71.0 (—) 59.3 (0.09) 73.8 (0.19) 59.9 (0.09) 74.4 (0.19) 60.1 (0.09) 73.9 (0.19) 65.7 (0.17) 54.9 (0.17) 48.4 (0.18)
Japan (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†)
Korea, Republic of 68.3 93.3 75.5 97.3 80.4 (—) 97.8 (—) 85.0 (—) 98.3 (—) 85.8 (—) 98.3 (—) 86.9 (0.17) 98.3 (0.12) 97.4 (0.15) 88.9 (0.31) 60.7 (0.62)
Latvia 83.2 88.7 84.4 80.4 88.6 (0.23) 83.7 (0.57) 86.7 (0.23) 83.6 (0.56) 87.8 (0.23) 84.9 (0.56) 88.7 (0.22) 86.7 (0.52) 85.2 (0.51) 92.8 (0.34) 89.9 (0.39)
                                                     
Luxembourg 60.9 68.2 65.9 76.5 77.7 (—) 84.0 (—) 82.0 (0.44) 86.9 (0.92) 74.6 (0.33) 84.5 (0.59) 78.8 (0.39) 86.6 (0.73) 84.3 (0.70) 73.4 (0.79) 68.4 (0.84)
Mexico 29.1 37.1 28.2 33.7 32.1 (0.11) 38.3 (0.20) 35.1 (0.11) 43.8 (0.21) 35.7 (0.11) 45.0 (0.21) 36.6 (0.11) 46.7 (0.21) 36.0 (0.21) 32.4 (0.22) 25.7 (0.25)
Netherlands 64.9 74.3 71.8 81.3 73.0 (—) 82.7 (—) 75.9 (—) 85.2 (—) 76.4 (—) 85.6 (—) 77.1 (0.20) 85.8 (0.40) 81.5 (0.40) 75.9 (0.36) 66.0 (0.42)
New Zealand (†) (†) 74.1 (—) 81.1 (—) 74.7 (—) 81.0 (—) 76.6 (0.31) 83.7 (0.57) 81.0 (0.58) 72.9 (0.62) 67.9 (0.69)
Norway 77.2 83.5 80.6 (—) 82.9 (—) 81.9 (0.17) 81.4 (0.36) 82.4 (0.17) 81.3 (0.35) 82.2 (0.16) 81.2 (0.35) 85.6 (0.30) 82.2 (0.32) 79.7 (0.35)
                                                     
Poland 79.9 89.4 85.1 92.0 88.5 (—) 93.6 (—) 90.5 (—) 94.2 (—) 90.8 (—) 93.9 (—) 91.3 (0.07) 94.2 (0.12) 93.5 (0.12) 91.7 (0.14) 85.8 (0.15)
Portugal 19.4 31.8 26.5 42.8 31.9 (—) 52.1 (—) 43.3 (0.17) 64.7 (0.38) 45.1 (0.17) 66.7 (0.39) 46.9 (0.17) 69.5 (0.40) 57.4 (0.33) 37.3 (0.31) 26.0 (0.28)
Slovak Republic 83.8 93.7 87.9 92.8 91.0 (—) 94.1 (—) 90.8 (0.25) 92.5 (0.49) 91.3 (0.25) 92.8 (0.49) 91.7 (0.24) 93.4 (0.48) 94.2 (0.42) 92.2 (0.48) 86.6 (0.55)
Slovenia 74.8 85.4 80.3 91.2 83.3 (—) 93.5 (—) 85.7 (—) 93.9 (—) 86.8 (0.18) 94.1 (0.27) 87.3 (0.18) 94.1 (0.27) 92.6 (0.30) 84.6 (0.36) 78.6 (0.41)
Spain 38.6 55.6 48.8 64.5 52.9 (0.08) 65.3 (0.16) 56.6 (0.08) 65.6 (0.18) 57.4 (0.08) 65.6 (0.19) 58.3 (0.08) 65.3 (0.19) 67.0 (0.16) 55.9 (0.16) 42.7 (0.17)
                                                     
Sweden 77.6 87.3 83.6 90.6 86.3 (0.08) 90.8 (0.14) 81.6 (0.09) 81.8 (0.20) 82.0 (0.10) 82.3 (0.20) 82.7 (0.10) 83.1 (0.20) 85.6 (0.18) 85.3 (0.17) 76.0 (0.21)
Switzerland 83.9 89.8 85.2 89.8 85.0 (0.12) 87.8 (0.26) 87.2 (0.11) 90.5 (0.24) 87.3 (0.11) 91.0 (0.24) 87.4 (0.12) 91.4 (0.24) 88.4 (0.22) 86.2 (0.22) 83.7 (0.26)
Turkey 23.3 27.7 28.1 36.8 31.2 (—) 42.2 (—) 35.6 (—) 49.5 (—) 37.0 (—) 52.1 (—) 38.5 (0.10) 54.7 (0.21) 39.0 (0.20) 25.6 (0.18) 22.7 (0.20)
United Kingdom3 62.6 66.8 66.8 73.1 75.1 (—) 82.9 (—) 79.2 (0.18) 86.2 (0.32) 79.6 (0.18) 86.2 (0.33) 80.7 (0.18) 87.5 (0.32) 84.7 (0.33) 77.7 (0.37) 72.3 (0.42)
United States4 87.4 88.2 87.8 86.7 89.0 (0.14) 88.4 (0.24) 89.6 (0.15) 90.0 (0.29) 89.5 (0.13) 90.5 (0.24) 90.1 (0.13) 91.5 (0.23) 89.5 (0.25) 89.4 (0.25) 90.2 (0.24)
                                                     
Other reporting countries                                                    
Argentina 49.8 58.8 (†) (†) 58.8 (—) 67.7 (—) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†)
Brazil (†) (†) 47.4 (0.11) 61.8 (0.20) 48.9 (0.12) 63.5 (0.20) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†)
China 24.5 (—) 35.7 (—) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†)
Colombia (†) (†) 52.0 (0.08) 67.4 (0.14) 50.4 (0.08) 66.9 (0.14) 52.5 (0.08) 68.7 (0.13) 55.9 (0.16) 41.8 (0.16) 31.8 (0.18)
Costa Rica 30.4 32.3 35.1 38.5 36.9 (0.44) 44.9 (0.80) 40.5 (0.43) 48.4 (0.78) 39.4 (0.43) 48.6 (0.78) 39.9 (0.43) 50.2 (0.79) 36.6 (0.84) 34.6 (0.84) 34.7 (1.00)
Indonesia 30.3 (—) 39.8 (—) (†) (†) 35.6 (—) 46.8 (—) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†)
Lithuania 84.2 91.8 87.5 86.8 91.9 (0.16) 88.3 (0.44) 91.2 (—) 88.4 (—) 91.4 (0.16) 89.7 (0.43) 92.5 (0.15) 92.2 (0.38) 87.8 (0.38) 95.5 (0.20) 93.9 (0.24)
Russian Federation 93.9 (—) 94 (—) 94.8 (—) 95.0 (—) 94.9 (—) 95.0 (—) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†)
Saudi Arabia (†) (†) 55.0 (—) 68.9 (—) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†)
South Africa 39.4 (—) 46.5 (—) 43.0 (—) 49.9 (—) 43.0 (—) 48.7 (—) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†)
—Not available.
†Not applicable.
1 For 2016, standard errors for the following countries were estimated by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES): Canada, Korea, the Netherlands, Poland, Slovenia, and Turkey.
2 Refers to the mean of the data values for all reporting Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (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. Standard errors for the OECD average were estimated by NCES.
3 Data include some persons who completed a sufficient number of certain types of programs, any one of which individually would be classified as a program that only partially completes the high school (or upper secondary) level of education.
4 U.S. standard errors for all years were estimated by NCES.
NOTE: The International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED) was revised in 2011. The previous version, ISCED 1997, was used to calculate all data for years prior to 2014. ISCED 2011 was used to calculate all data for 2014 and later years (with the exception of data for China, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, and South Africa, which were calculated using ISCED 1997). Except where otherwise noted, data in this table refer to degrees classified under ISCED 2011 as completing level 3 (upper secondary education) or to comparable degrees under ISCED 1997. Some data have been revised from previously published figures. Unless otherwise noted, all data in this table were calculated by OECD or the relevant country and had been validated for consistency and accuracy by OECD and the relevant country as of September 28, 2017. For more information on OECD and NCES estimation methodology used for this table, see the "Online Education Database" section of the entry for OECD in Appendix A: Guide to Sources. Standard errors for 2000 and 2005 have been excluded due to limited data availability.
SOURCE: Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Online Education Database, retrieved September 28, 2017, from http://stats.oecd.org/Index.aspx. (This table was prepared October 2017.)