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More women attain tertiary education
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The population’s level of education does not change much from year to year, but over a longer timeframe the changes have been substantial. The greatest changes are among the share that has a lower secondary education as their highest education and among the share that has a tertiary education.

Educational attainment of the population1 October 2013

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More women attain tertiary education

The share of women with a tertiary education has increased more than for men. In 1985, 15 per cent of men and 12 per cent of women have a tertiary education. In 2013, the situation is the opposite, and 33 per cent of women and 27 per cent of men have a tertiary education.

Population 16 years and over, by gender, year and level of education. Absolute figures and shares
20082013
MalesFemalesMalesFemales
1Includes intermediate level courses based on completed upper secondary level, but which are not accredited as tertiary education
2Tertiary education, short comprises higher education up to 4 years in duration.
3Tertiary education, long comprises higher education more than 4 years in duration.
4People with unknown or no completed education are not included.
Total1 897 4001 930 3702 059 3212 058 488
Below upper secondary education539 025577 710547 342555 896
Upper secondary education1835 940761 551879 332771 151
Tertiary education, short2315 406447 783360 770526 384
Tertiary education, long3148 69193 487179 403137 267
Unknown or no completed education58 33849 83992 47467 790
Shares4
Below upper secondary education29.330.727.827.9
Upper secondary education145.540.544.738.7
Tertiary education, short217.223.818.326.4
Tertiary education, long38.15.09.16.9

The population’s level of education does not change much from year to year, but over a longer timeframe the changes have been substantial. In the period from 1985 to 2013, the increase in women with a tertiary education has been greater than the increase for men. For women, the share has increased by 21 percentage points, while for men the corresponding figure is 12 percentage points. The increase for women has particularly been seen in short tertiary education. As of 1 October 2013, one in four women have a short tertiary education, while in 1985, one out of ten women had a short tertiary education. The share for men with a tertiary education has increased from one out of ten to less than one out of five.

Larger proportion with tertiary education among younger age groups

Among the women aged 30-34 years, the share with a tertiary education is highest. Fifty-six per cent have a tertiary education and 27 per cent have an upper secondary education as their highest education level. Among men, the share with a tertiary education is highest for those aged 35-39 years, where 39 per cent have a tertiary education and 45 per cent have an upper secondary education as their highest education level. This fits well with the student statistics where we have seen an increase in the student figures at universities and college universities. The number of female students in particular has increased, and in recent years there have been more female than male students.

In this period, there have been major changes in the proportion with a lower secondary education as their highest education. In 1985, 46 per cent of the population had lower secondary as their highest education level, but this share decreased to 28 per cent in 2013.The share with upper secondary school as highest education level was stable. This share varied between 41 and 44 per cent of the population.

Every second person in Oslo has a tertiary education

In Oslo, nearly every second person aged 16 years or older attained a tertiary level of education. Oslo has the population with the highest education level among the Norwegian counties. Finnmark and Hedmark still have the greatest proportion with lower secondary school as the highest education level. In Finnmark, 37 per cent of those aged 16 years or older have below upper secondary as their highest education level, while in Hedmark and Nordland the share is 34 per cent. The counties Nordland and Nord-Trøndelag have the lowest share of people with a long tertiary education. In these counties, four per cent have a long tertiary education, while in Oslo 18 per cent have a long tertiary education.

Most people have attained a tertiary education in natural science, vocational and technical subjects

Thirty-two per cent of those who have attained a long tertiary education did so in natural science, vocational and technical subjects. Among men with a long tertiary education, 47 per cent attained a long tertiary education in the field of education. Most women, 23 per cent, attained a long tertiary education in the field of social science and law.

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Persons with an unknown level of education are excluded when calculating proportions for the population’s level of education. Most of those with an unknown level of education are immigrants.