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Educational attainment by Level of Education, Age, Sex, Measurement, Country and Year

Educational attainment by Level of Education, Age, Sex, Measurement, Country and Year


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Source: UNECE Statistical Database, compiled from national official sources.

Definition: Educational attainment is defined as the highest level successfully completed by the person, in the educational system of the country where the education was received. The levels of education are defined according to the ISCED 1997.

Armenia:
1980, 1990: data refer to 1979, 1989.
Level of education ‘not stated’ includes population without education attainment.

Austria:
2003-2004: break in series, changes in data collection prodedure.

Azerbaijan:
Data refer to end of year.

Belarus:
Total includes population without education. 1990 and 2000: data refer to 1989 and 1999 censuses respectively.

Belgium:
2010: break in series: change in methodology.

Bulgaria:
1980, 1990 and 2001: data are from 1985, 1992 and 2001 censuses.
1995, 2000 and 2002: data refer to June of respective years.

Canada:
Data cover non-institutionalized population in the 10 provinces, i.e. excluding the three Territories.

Croatia:
1980, 1990: data refer to 1981, 1991.
From 2001: data refer to usual resident population. Before 2001: data refer to population with permanent residence irrespective of actual residence and duration.

Cyprus:
Data cover only government controlled area.
1990, 1995: data refer to 1989, 1992. 1990: lower secondary level is included in upper secondary level.

Estonia:
1980, 1990: data refer to 1979, 1989.
1980-2000: data are from censuses and refer to population aged 25+.
From 2001: age group 25+ refers to 25-74, age group 50+ refers to 50-74.
Data for primary level attainment include persons who have not completed the primary level education.

Finland:
Data for lower secondary level include primary level.

Georgia:
Level of education ‘not stated’ includes population without education attainment.
1980, 1990: data refer to 1979, 1989.
1980, 1990, 2002: data are from censuses. 1995, 2000, 2001: data are estimates.

Greece:
Data refer to population residing in private households.
Data refer to 2nd Quarter of the respective year.

Hungary:
2000-2008: data refer to population aged 25-74.
1980-1995: data are from population censuses.

Iceland:
2003: change in data collection procedure.

Ireland:
From 2000: data refer to age group 25-64.
1980, 1990 and 1995: data refer to 1981,1991 and 1996.

Israel:
2009 and 2010: data include only the population with known level of education. Unknown cases are considered to be negligible.

Italy:
1980,1990: data for primary level attainment include persons who have not completed the primary level education.
2004: break in series: change in data collection procedure.

Kyrgyzstan:
1990: data refer to 1989. 2000: data refer to 1999 census.

Latvia:
1995: data refer to 1996.
From 1995 to 2001, and 2010: annual average and refer to population.
2002-2009: annual data.
Up to 2001: population aged 15+. From 2002: population 15-74.
Data for primary level refers to level 0 and 1 of ISCED 1997 classification.

Luxembourg:
1990: data refer to 1992. Data for age group 25+ refer to 25-64.
Data for primary level refer to level 0 and 1 of ISCED 1997 classification.

Poland:
1990: data refer to 1988. 1990, 2002: data are from censuses.
Upper secondary level includes lower secondary level.

Romania:
2002: break in series, change in definition.

Serbia:
Data for education level 'not stated' include population without education attainment.

Slovakia:
1995: data for total of education levels include only secondary and tertiary levels.

Spain:
Data are annual averages of the four quarters of the year.

Sweden:
Data refer to population aged 25-74.
2000: Break in series; quality improvement and change in classification from ISCED 1976 to ISCED 1997.

Switzerland:
1990: data refer to 1991.
1990 to 2001: lower sedondary education includes primary education.
Breaks in series: 1996 and 2002: change in definition of educational attainment levels; 2010: major changes in data collection procedures (quaterly data instead of annual data).

United States:
Primary refers to grades 5-8, Lower Secondary refers U.S. grades 9-HS, no diploma, Upper Secondary refers to U.S. grade High School Graduate-some college, Tertiary refers people who have completed some Associate's degree through Doctorate degree, Not stated refers to people who didn't complete any schooling through 4th grade.
Before 1990: data based on completed schooling years. From 1990: data based on degrees.