Educational attainment, at least completed lower secondary, population 25+, total (%) (cumulative) - Country Ranking

Definition: The percentage of population ages 25 and over that attained or completed lower secondary education.

Source: UNESCO Institute for Statistics (http://uis.unesco.org/)

See also: Thematic map, Time series comparison

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Rank Country Value Year
1 New Zealand 100.00 2016
1 Latvia 100.00 2018
1 Luxembourg 100.00 2015
1 Greenland 100.00 2015
5 Czech Republic 99.95 2017
6 Uzbekistan 99.90 2016
7 United Kingdom 99.75 2017
8 Slovak Republic 99.28 2017
9 Norway 99.24 2017
10 Austria 98.92 2014
11 Slovenia 97.77 2017
12 Georgia 97.52 2017
13 Moldova 97.29 2018
14 Hungary 97.18 2016
15 Palau 97.12 2013
16 Switzerland 97.09 2018
17 Liechtenstein 96.67 2000
18 Armenia 96.59 2017
19 Germany 96.33 2018
20 United States 96.03 2018
21 Iceland 95.84 2005
22 Kyrgyz Republic 95.69 2009
23 Lithuania 95.60 2017
24 Kazakhstan 95.57 2009
25 Azerbaijan 95.52 2017
26 Bulgaria 95.39 2017
27 Cayman Islands 95.25 2015
28 Tajikistan 94.53 2017
29 Denmark 93.81 2018
30 Russia 93.66 2010
31 Australia 93.44 2018
32 Belarus 91.90 2009
33 Sweden 91.07 2017
34 Turkmenistan 90.77 1995
35 Romania 90.53 2017
36 Netherlands 90.37 2018
37 Serbia 89.80 2017
38 Montenegro 89.42 2011
39 Estonia 89.36 2000
40 Croatia 89.22 2011
41 Israel 89.18 2015
42 The Bahamas 89.14 2010
43 Ukraine 88.54 2001
44 Puerto Rico 88.45 2017
45 Tonga 88.00 2011
46 Fiji 87.31 2017
47 Albania 87.21 2012
48 Belgium 86.50 2017
49 Ireland 86.16 2017
50 Korea 85.72 2015
51 Poland 85.33 2016
52 Mongolia 84.71 2010
53 France 84.21 2017
54 Belize 83.93 2010
55 Canada 83.62 1991
56 San Marino 82.96 2018
57 Malta 82.18 2018
58 Cyprus 81.77 2018
59 Sri Lanka 81.61 2016
60 Singapore 81.42 2018
61 Bosnia and Herzegovina 81.36 2018
62 Cuba 81.15 2012
63 Bahrain 79.94 2018
64 Chile 79.60 2017
65 Hong Kong SAR, China 79.40 2017
66 United Arab Emirates 78.99 2017
67 Italy 78.46 2015
68 Barbados 78.10 2000
69 Spain 77.72 2018
70 Venezuela 74.43 2016
71 Malaysia 74.21 2016
72 Jordan 74.11 2010
73 Macao SAR, China 73.34 2016
74 Egypt 72.96 2017
75 South Africa 72.33 2017
76 Andorra 72.33 2016
77 Iran 69.83 2016
78 Seychelles 69.62 2002
79 St. Kitts and Nevis 69.60 1980
80 Saudi Arabia 68.85 2017
81 Qatar 68.01 2017
82 Trinidad and Tobago 67.49 2011
83 Dominican Republic 67.17 2016
84 Oman 66.42 2015
85 Japan 65.64 1990
86 China 65.32 2010
87 Vietnam 65.00 2009
88 Zimbabwe 64.94 2017
89 Greece 64.80 2016
90 Peru 64.11 2018
91 Mexico 63.24 2018
92 Suriname 61.80 2012
93 Panama 61.49 2010
94 Turkey 60.89 2017
95 Jamaica 60.72 2011
96 Brazil 60.01 2018
97 Philippines 59.41 2017
98 Bolivia 58.82 2015
99 Monaco 57.11 1975
100 Uruguay 56.83 2018
101 Kuwait 55.93 2018
102 Argentina 54.72 2016
103 Costa Rica 54.56 2018
104 Colombia 54.44 2018
105 Ghana 54.32 2010
106 Portugal 54.30 2018
107 Lebanon 54.29 2007
108 Mauritius 54.24 2011
109 Ecuador 52.86 2017
110 Indonesia 50.91 2018
111 Dem. Rep. Congo 50.66 2016
112 Finland 50.63 1990
113 Paraguay 50.12 2018
114 Nigeria 49.42 2006
115 North Macedonia 47.80 2002
116 Algeria 47.30 2008
117 St. Lucia 45.89 2013
118 Thailand 45.07 2016
119 Tunisia 44.59 2016
120 Iraq 44.13 2013
121 Bangladesh 43.64 2018
122 El Salvador 42.78 2017
123 Samoa 40.96 1981
124 Brunei 39.59 1981
125 São Tomé and Principe 38.86 2012
126 India 37.57 2011
127 Guatemala 36.79 2014
128 Pakistan 36.43 2017
129 Cameroon 36.23 2010
130 Syrian Arab Republic 34.07 2009
131 Guyana 31.19 2002
132 Honduras 31.18 2018
133 Cabo Verde 29.35 2015
134 Kenya 29.07 2010
135 Angola 28.92 2014
136 Namibia 28.51 2001
137 Bhutan 28.22 2017
138 Nepal 26.94 2011
139 Dominica 26.58 2001
140 Tuvalu 24.32 1991
141 Uganda 24.03 2012
142 Eswatini 23.02 1986
143 Vanuatu 22.00 1979
144 Zambia 21.74 1990
145 Côte d'Ivoire 21.12 2014
146 Lesotho 20.87 2008
147 Congo 19.72 1984
148 Togo 18.27 2011
149 Senegal 17.82 2017
150 Myanmar 16.50 1983
151 Libya 16.40 1984
152 Mozambique 14.96 2017
153 Benin 14.32 2002
154 Rwanda 13.40 2018
155 Ethiopia 12.51 2011
156 Cambodia 12.34 2015
157 Tanzania 11.03 2012
158 Guinea 10.87 2014
159 Kiribati 10.54 1978
160 Chad 10.04 2009
161 Mali 10.04 2018
162 Haiti 10.03 1986
163 Grenada 10.00 1981
164 St. Vincent and the Grenadines 9.60 1980
165 Central African Republic 9.45 1988
166 Liberia 9.08 1974
167 Malawi 8.57 1998
168 Burkina Faso 8.49 2014
169 Niger 8.37 2012
170 Burundi 5.93 2014
171 Mauritania 5.10 1988
172 Sudan 4.70 1983
173 Morocco 4.40 1971
174 Afghanistan 4.15 1979
175 The Gambia 3.82 1973
176 Botswana 3.09 1971

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Development Relevance: A relative high concentration of the adult population in a given level of education reflects the capacity of the educational system in the corresponding level of education. Educational attainment is closely related to the skills and competencies of a country's population, and could be seen as a proxy of both the quantitative and qualitative aspects of the stock of human capital.

Limitations and Exceptions: Caution is required when using this indicator for cross-country comparison, since the countries do not always classify degrees and qualifications at the same International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED) levels, even if they are received at roughly the same age or after a similar number of years of schooling. Also, certain educational programmes and study courses cannot be easily classified according to ISCED. This indicator only measures educational attainment in terms of level of education attained, i.e. years of schooling, and do not necessarily reveal the quality of the education (learning achievement and other impacts).

Statistical Concept and Methodology: It is calculated by dividing the number of population ages 25 and older who attained or completed lower secondary education by the total population of the same age group and multiplying by 100. The number 0 means zero or small enough that the number would round to zero. Data are collected by the UNESCO Institute for Statistics mainly from national population census, household survey, and labour force survey. All the data are mapped to the International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED) to ensure the comparability of education programs at the international level. The current version was formally adopted by UNESCO Member States in 2011.

Periodicity: Annual