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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 2018
[Standard errors appear in parentheses]
Country 2000 2005 2010 2015 2017 2018
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 average1 65.7 75.8 71.2 79.5 75.0 (0.06) 81.7 (0.12) 76.8 (0.03) 83.3 (0.07) 78.3 (0.03) 84.4 (0.06) 78.9 (0.03) 84.7 (0.06) 81.9 (0.05) 77.6 (0.05) 70.5 (0.06)
Australia 58.8 68.3 65.0 78.6 73.2 (---) 84.8 (---) 79.0 (0.25) 88.1 (0.39) 81.0 (0.23) 89.4 (0.36) 81.9 (0.23) 89.5 (0.35) 87.4 (0.39) 78.4 (0.48) 69.5 (0.56)
Austria2 --- --- 76.9 85.6 82.4 (0.12) 87.8 (0.23) 84.6 (0.12) 90.0 (0.22) 85.0 (0.11) 88.5 (0.22) 85.3 (0.11) 88.9 (0.22) 87.7 (0.22) 85.2 (0.21) 79.5 (0.25)
Belgium 58.5 75.3 66.1 80.9 70.5 (---) 82.1 (---) 74.7 (0.19) 82.5 (0.35) 76.8 (0.15) 83.4 (0.29) 78.2 (0.15) 85.4 (0.27) 83.0 (0.27) 78.8 (0.28) 65.8 (0.31)
Canada2,3 80.7 88.3 85.2 90.8 88.3 (0.12) 92.1 (0.19) 90.4 (0.11) 93.3 (0.17) 91.1 (0.12) 93.5 (0.18) 91.6 (0.12) 93.9 (0.17) 94.0 (0.18) 91.9 (0.19) 86.8 (0.24)
Chile --- --- --- --- --- (†) --- (†) 64.9 (0.13) 83.2 (0.20) 67.4 (0.14) 85.2 (0.21) --- (†) --- (†) --- (†) --- (†) --- (†)

Colombia
--- --- --- --- --- (†) --- (†) 50.4 (0.08) 66.9 (0.14) 53.8 (0.08) 70.0 (0.13) 55.2 (0.08) 70.5 (0.13) 60.0 (0.16) 44.2 (0.17) 34.6 (0.17)
Czech Republic 85.9 92.4 89.9 93.9 91.9 (---) 94.2 (---) 93.2 (0.07) 93.7 (0.16) 93.8 (0.07) 94.0 (0.16) 93.9 (0.07) 93.7 (0.17) 94.9 (0.13) 95.4 (0.13) 91.0 (0.17)
Denmark 79.8 86.9 81.0 87.4 75.6 (---) 79.6 (---) 80.4 (0.17) 83.6 (0.36) 81.3 (0.18) 83.3 (0.37) 80.9 (0.14) 82.6 (0.30) 84.1 (0.28) 82.0 (0.27) 74.9 (0.29)
Estonia2 85.2 91.4 88.7 87.3 89.1 (0.30) 86.5 (0.73) 88.6 (0.28) 87.7 (0.60) 88.7 (0.26) 87.2 (0.57) 89.2 (0.25) 87.9 (0.57) 87.3 (0.52) 92.1 (0.42) 89.6 (0.46)
Finland2 73.2 86.3 78.8 89.4 83.0 (---) 90.8 (---) 87.2 (0.21) 89.5 (0.42) 88.1 (0.13) 90.2 (0.25) 89.1 (0.12) 90.5 (0.25) 92.0 (0.22) 90.1 (0.24) 84.0 (0.27)

France2
62.2 76.4 66.8 81.5 70.8 (---) 83.8 (---) 77.5 (0.08) 86.5 (0.15) 78.4 (0.08) 86.2 (0.15) 79.4 (0.08) 87.0 (0.15) 84.7 (0.15) 78.7 (0.15) 67.7 (0.18)
Germany 81.7 84.9 83.1 84.1 85.8 (---) 86.5 (---) 86.8 (0.06) 87.3 (0.12) 86.5 (0.05) 86.9 (0.11) 86.7 (0.05) 87.0 (0.11) 85.9 (0.12) 87.2 (0.10) 86.5 (0.10)
Greece 49.3 68.7 57.7 74.4 62.7 (0.12) 75.5 (0.22) 70.2 (0.13) 83.6 (0.24) 72.7 (0.13) 85.7 (0.24) 73.4 (0.13) 87.0 (0.24) 80.1 (0.23) 71.8 (0.24) 55.2 (0.26)
Hungary2 69.2 81.3 76.4 85.0 81.3 (---) 86.3 (---) 83.2 (0.10) 86.0 (0.21) 84.0 (0.11) 86.0 (0.23) 84.9 (0.11) 86.7 (0.23) 86.2 (0.20) 85.6 (0.21) 80.7 (0.22)
Iceland2 --- --- 68.2 70.9 70.7 (0.48) 73.6 (0.91) 74.7 (0.47) 75.2 (0.96) 77.1 (0.49) 80.7 (0.98) 77.9 (0.44) 80.6 (0.89) 81.6 (0.80) 78.2 (0.85) 70.0 (0.94)

Ireland
57.3 73.0 64.5 81.1 72.8 (---) 85.6 (---) 79.8 (0.13) 90.8 (0.19) 82.0 (0.14) 91.9 (0.22) 83.2 (0.14) 92.4 (0.23) 88.8 (0.23) 80.5 (0.29) 67.5 (0.36)
Israel --- --- 78.9 85.5 82.1 (---) 88.1 (---) 85.5 (---) 91.2 (---) 87.4 (0.09) 92.4 (0.13) --- (†) --- (†) --- (†) --- (†) --- (†)
Italy 42.1 56.4 50.1 65.9 55.2 (---) 71.0 (---) 59.9 (0.09) 74.4 (0.19) 60.9 (0.09) 74.8 (0.19) 61.7 (0.09) 75.9 (0.19) 67.5 (0.18) 56.8 (0.17) 50.2 (0.17)
Japan --- --- --- --- --- (†) --- (†) --- (†) --- (†) --- (†) --- (†) --- (†) --- (†) --- (†) --- (†) --- (†)
Korea, Republic of4 68.2 93.2 75.6 97.3 80.9 (---) 97.9 (---) 85.8 (---) 98.3 (---) 87.6 (0.17) 98.0 (0.13) 88.2 (0.16) 97.8 (0.14) 97.8 (0.14) 92.1 (0.26) 65.4 (0.60)

Latvia2
83.2 88.7 84.4 80.4 88.6 (0.23) 83.7 (0.57) 87.8 (0.23) 84.9 (0.56) 87.6 (0.22) 85.4 (0.54) 87.6 (0.23) 87.3 (0.52) 83.4 (0.55) 90.0 (0.40) 89.7 (0.38)
Lithuania 84.2 91.8 87.5 86.8 91.9 (0.14) 88.3 (0.41) 91.4 (0.16) 89.7 (0.43) 92.8 (0.14) 92.9 (0.35) 93.0 (0.14) 93.4 (0.33) 87.7 (0.39) 95.1 (0.21) 95.0 (0.20)
Luxembourg 60.9 68.2 65.9 76.5 77.7 (---) 84.0 (---) 74.6 (0.33) 84.5 (0.59) 76.7 (0.36) 87.3 (0.65) 77.2 (0.23) 86.9 (0.35) 80.9 (0.40) 72.3 (0.45) 65.5 (0.67)
Mexico2 29.1 37.1 28.2 33.7 32.1 (0.11) 38.3 (0.20) 35.7 (0.11) 45.0 (0.21) 37.7 (0.11) 48.1 (0.21) 39.1 (0.11) 50.1 (0.21) 37.9 (0.21) 34.7 (0.22) 28.8 (0.25)
Netherlands5 64.9 74.3 71.8 81.3 73.0 (---) 82.7 (---) 76.4 (---) 85.6 (---) 78.4 (0.09) 86.7 (0.17) 79.0 (0.08) 87.1 (0.15) 84.4 (0.15) 77.2 (0.16) 68.5 (0.17)

New Zealand
--- --- --- --- --- (†) --- (†) 74.7 (---) 81.0 (---) 78.9 (0.30) 85.0 (0.55) 80.5 (0.29) 86.7 (0.51) 84.4 (0.54) 77.7 (0.59) 71.8 (0.66)
Norway2 --- --- 77.2 83.5 80.6 (---) 82.9 (---) 82.4 (0.17) 81.3 (0.35) 82.0 (0.16) 80.7 (0.34) 82.5 (0.16) 82.2 (0.33) 84.9 (0.30) 83.1 (0.30) 79.4 (0.35)
Poland4 79.9 89.4 85.1 92.0 88.5 (---) 93.6 (---) 90.8 (---) 93.9 (---) 92.1 (0.07) 94.5 (0.12) 92.4 (0.07) 94.4 (0.12) 94.6 (0.12) 92.3 (0.15) 88.2 (0.15)
Portugal2 19.4 31.8 26.5 42.8 31.9 (---) 52.1 (---) 45.1 (0.17) 66.7 (0.39) 48.0 (0.17) 69.6 (0.41) 49.8 (0.18) 71.5 (0.41) 60.6 (0.34) 42.8 (0.32) 28.3 (0.29)
Slovak Republic 83.8 93.7 87.9 92.8 91.0 (---) 94.1 (---) 91.3 (0.25) 92.8 (0.49) 91.3 (0.26) 91.3 (0.57) 91.6 (0.25) 91.9 (0.56) 92.7 (0.49) 93.1 (0.47) 88.3 (0.52)

Slovenia5
74.8 85.4 80.3 91.2 83.3 (---) 93.5 (---) 86.8 (0.18) 94.1 (0.27) 87.7 (0.17) 94.4 (0.27) 88.1 (0.17) 94.3 (0.27) 93.2 (0.28) 86.6 (0.34) 79.2 (0.40)
Spain2 38.6 55.6 48.8 64.5 52.9 (0.08) 65.3 (0.16) 57.4 (0.08) 65.6 (0.19) 59.1 (0.08) 66.2 (0.20) 60.1 (0.08) 67.7 (0.19) 67.7 (0.16) 58.5 (0.15) 45.9 (0.16)
Sweden 77.6 87.3 83.6 90.6 86.3 (0.08) 90.8 (0.14) 82.0 (0.10) 82.3 (0.20) 83.0 (0.10) 83.0 (0.20) 83.2 (0.10) 82.7 (0.20) 84.1 (0.19) 85.7 (0.18) 80.0 (0.21)
Switzerland 83.9 89.8 85.2 89.8 85.0 (0.12) 87.8 (0.26) 87.3 (0.11) 91.0 (0.24) 87.8 (0.12) 91.9 (0.23) 88.4 (0.11) 92.9 (0.22) 89.3 (0.21) 87.2 (0.21) 84.2 (0.25)
Turkey4 23.3 27.7 28.1 36.8 31.2 (---) 42.2 (---) 37.0 (---) 52.1 (---) 39.3 (0.10) 55.5 (0.19) 40.2 (0.10) 57.2 (0.20) 42.4 (0.18) 26.7 (0.18) 23.7 (0.19)

United Kingdom6
62.6 66.8 66.8 73.1 75.1 (---) 82.9 (---) 79.6 (0.18) 86.2 (0.33) 81.2 (0.18) 87.5 (0.32) 79.3 (0.19) 84.9 (0.36) 84.2 (0.35) 76.1 (0.39) 71.3 (0.43)
United States2 87.4 88.2 87.8 86.7 89.0 (0.10) 88.4 (0.19) 89.5 (0.10) 90.5 (0.18) 90.6 (0.09) 92.1 (0.17) 90.8 (0.10) 92.4 (0.17) 90.4 (0.19) 90.2 (0.19) 90.1 (0.21)

Other reporting
    countries
                                                   
China2 --- --- --- --- 24.5 (---) 35.7 (---) --- (†) --- (†) --- (†) --- (†) --- (†) --- (†) --- (†) --- (†) --- (†)
Russian Federation2 --- --- --- --- 92.8 (0.03) 92.6 (0.07) 93.7 (0.03) 93.5 (0.06) 95.2 (---) 95.7 (---) --- (†) --- (†) --- (†) --- (†) --- (†)
---Not available.
†Not applicable.
1 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 the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).
2 Although all data for years prior to 2015 were originally calculated using the 1997 version of the International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED), the footnoted countries revised earlier years' data to align with the 2011 version of ISCED, which is the most recent. Most of these countries revised all of their data for years prior to 2015. The exceptions are Mexico (which revised only 2005 and 2010 data) and Spain (which revised only 2010 data).
3 All standard errors shown for Canada were calculated by Statistics Canada.
4 For 2017 and 2018, standard errors were estimated by NCES.
5 For 2017, standard errors were estimated by NCES.
6 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.
NOTE: The International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED) was revised in 2011. Unless otherwise noted, all data for years prior to 2015 were calculated using the previous version, ISCED 1997. ISCED 2011 was used to calculate all data for 2015 and later years. 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. 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. Some data have been revised from previously published figures.
SOURCE: Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Online Education Database, retrieved September 23, 2019, from https://stats.oecd.org/Index.aspx. Eurostat, unpublished tabulations on population by age group. (This table was prepared September 2019.)

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