Education and Research

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Population aged 15 or over by level of education

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Population by level of education

  2020 %    2021 %    
Population aged 15 or over 4 672 932 100 4 696 447 100
Population with educational qualification, total 3 468 701 74,2 3 501 982 74,6
Upper secondary education 1 896 509 40,6 1 901 480 40,5
Post-secondary non-tertiary education 46 650 1,0 49 296 1,0
Lowest level tertiary education 421 043 9,0 415 486 8,8
Lower tertiary level 571 913 12,2 586 783 12,5
Higher tertiary level 481 753 10,3 497 080 10,6
Doctorate level 50 833 1,1 51 857 1,1
Only basic education 1 204 231 25,8 1 194 465 25,4

Students and qualifications attained

Sector of education Students 1)  Qualifications attained  
  2020 2021 2020 2021
Pre-primary education 58 292 58 570  -  -
Comprehensive education 561 667 557 866 60 309 60 633
General upper secondary education 106 759 107 247 29 905 30 452
Vocational education 320 469 341 696 65 073 68 637
University of applied sciences
education
148 795 156 059 28 735 29 081
University education 156 577 159 545 35 818 31 320
Total 1 352 559 1 380 983 219 840 220 123

1) Students in education leading to qualifications. The data for vocational education relate to a calendar year. The data for other educational sectors describe the situation on 20 September.

Employment of graduates one year after graduation, 2021

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Research and development expenditure

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Main topic: Education and Research

 

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Last updated 24 Jan 2023