Indicators on Education, in the OECD, 1999/00

High educational attainment in Norway


Norway has a high educational attainment compared with other OECD-countries. Approximately 86 per cent of the population in Norway aged 25 to 64 years had at least completed an upper secondary education in 2000. The country mean across OECD was 64 per cent. This is presented in the OECD-publication "Education at a Glance" which is published today.

Only the United States (88 per cent), Switzerland (88 per cent) and the Czech Republic (87 per cent) had a higher portion of the population aged 25 to 64 years, with at least an education on the upper secondary level. Portugal, Mexico and Turkey had the smallest attainment rates on at least upper secondary education, respectively 20, 22 and 24 per cent. In Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Iceland the percentages were 81, 74, 81 and 57 respectively.

Within the age span 25-64 years the educational attainment is higher among the young people. 94 per cent of the population in Norway aged 25-34 years had at least completed an upper secondary education in 2000. Among the population aged 55-64 years there were 70 per cent with an equivalent education. For this age group the OECD average was 49 per cent, while the United States was at the top with 82 per cent.

29 per cent of the population in Norway aged 25-64 years had educational attainment at tertiary level in 2000. The country mean in OECD-countries was 23 per cent. Canada had the highest share at 41 per cent, while Turkey and Portugal had the lowest portion at 7 per cent. In Norway 35 per cent of the population aged 25 to 34 years had completed an education at tertiary level, in the population aged 55 to 64 years 21 per cent had an education at this level.

Highest educational attainment among women

In 2000 more women than men had completed a tertiary education in Norway. 29 per cent of the women and 28 per cent of the men aged 25 to 64 years had completed a tertiary education. In the group aged 25 to 44 years there are considerably more women who have attained a tertiary education. In the group aged 45 to 64 years the situation is reversed, as there are more men. Overall, a higher proportion of women than of men hold a tertiary degree in 14 out of 30 OECD countries, all Nordic countries included.

Graph - Dectorates awarded to men and women. 2000. Per cent

Two-thirds to earn doctorates are men

Even though more women than men complete an education on upper secondary level and tertiary level, a majority of men are awarded with advanced tertiary degrees in Norway. 67 per cent of the advanced research degrees in Norway were awarded to men in 2000. Men remain more likely than women to obtain advanced research qualifications in all OECD countries, with the exception of Italy and Iceland. Italy, Iceland, Portugal and Ireland have the largest portion of women completing at this level 53, 50, 49 and 47 per cent, respectively. The lowest shares of women are found in Japan and South Korea with 19 and 20 per cent. Participation in education Participation in education tends to be high in Norway even beyond compulsory education. In 2000 86 per cent of the population aged 15 to 19 years were participating in education. The sharpest decline in participation occurs not at the end of compulsory education but at the end of upper secondary education. In Australia, Belgium and the Nordic countries, one out of four 20 to 29-year-olds participates in education.

The statistics is part of the publication Education at a Glance - 2002, which is published today (October 29t h . 2002). The OECD is the publisher of Education at a Glance (see: ).



Table 1 Percentage of the population that has attained a specific level of education, by age group and gender. 2001  

Table 2 Enrolment rates. 2000

Table 3 Percentage of upper secondary graduation rates to total population at typical age of graduation. 2000