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

Definition: The percentage of population ages 25 and over that attained or completed post-secondary non-tertiary 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 Luxembourg 69.07 2015
2 Belarus 63.38 2009
3 Uzbekistan 62.51 2016
4 Canada 59.64 2011
5 Georgia 59.24 2017
6 Singapore 55.76 2018
7 Cayman Islands 54.85 2015
8 Kazakhstan 54.74 2009
9 Lithuania 54.64 2017
10 United Arab Emirates 52.57 2017
11 Puerto Rico 50.05 2017
12 Australia 48.30 2018
13 Israel 47.07 2015
14 Armenia 46.73 2017
15 New Zealand 46.10 2016
16 United States 45.17 2018
17 United Kingdom 44.09 2017
18 Latvia 43.58 2018
19 Moldova 43.52 2012
20 Ireland 42.95 2017
21 Korea 40.30 2015
22 Estonia 40.29 2018
23 Switzerland 40.22 2012
24 Norway 39.60 2017
25 Cyprus 39.17 2018
26 Sweden 38.56 2017
27 Ukraine 38.14 2001
28 Denmark 37.12 2018
29 Belgium 36.38 2017
30 Finland 36.20 2017
31 Germany 35.59 2018
32 Mongolia 35.53 2010
33 Venezuela 35.40 2016
34 Japan 34.40 2010
35 Netherlands 33.29 2018
36 Bahrain 32.37 2018
37 Andorra 32.23 2016
38 Turkmenistan 32.21 1995
39 Saudi Arabia 31.48 2017
40 The Bahamas 31.26 2010
41 Spain 31.16 2018
42 Iceland 31.00 2005
43 Cuba 30.69 2012
44 Austria 30.63 2017
45 France 30.23 2017
46 Malta 30.14 2018
47 Azerbaijan 30.06 2017
48 Sri Lanka 29.64 2009
49 Hong Kong SAR, China 29.10 2017
50 Hungary 28.51 2016
51 Slovenia 28.18 2017
52 Poland 28.17 2016
53 Jordan 27.11 2010
54 Kyrgyz Republic 26.85 2009
55 Greece 26.70 2016
56 Macao SAR, China 26.32 2016
57 Bulgaria 24.71 2017
58 Qatar 24.20 2017
59 Bolivia 24.05 2015
60 Trinidad and Tobago 23.91 2011
61 Iran 23.06 2016
62 Slovak Republic 22.80 2017
63 Tajikistan 22.75 2017
64 Panama 22.74 2010
65 Serbia 22.58 2017
66 Dominican Republic 22.52 2016
67 Costa Rica 22.23 2018
68 Chile 22.04 2017
69 Peru 21.91 2018
70 Oman 21.29 2015
71 Colombia 21.25 2018
72 Malaysia 20.88 2016
73 Czech Republic 20.24 2016
74 Philippines 20.07 2017
75 Iraq 19.92 2013
76 Montenegro 19.57 2011
77 Argentina 19.42 2016
78 Portugal 19.23 2018
79 Turkey 19.09 2017
80 Kuwait 18.51 2018
81 Croatia 18.29 2011
82 Romania 17.74 2017
83 Nigeria 17.35 2006
84 Monaco 17.31 1975
85 Tonga 16.78 2011
86 Brazil 16.54 2018
87 Mexico 16.45 2018
88 Fiji 15.91 2007
89 San Marino 15.76 2018
90 Barbados 15.68 2000
91 Bangladesh 15.57 2018
92 St. Lucia 15.45 2013
93 Belize 15.43 2010
94 Lebanon 15.36 2007
95 Samoa 15.26 2011
96 Paraguay 15.22 2018
97 Tunisia 15.16 2016
98 Italy 14.97 2015
99 Mauritius 14.39 2018
100 Russia 14.10 1989
101 Ecuador 13.96 2017
102 Jamaica 13.95 2011
103 Greenland 13.70 2015
104 South Africa 13.69 2017
105 Cameroon 13.51 2010
106 Uruguay 13.32 2018
107 Egypt 12.98 2017
108 Thailand 12.90 2010
109 Albania 12.90 2012
110 Syrian Arab Republic 12.44 2009
111 North Macedonia 12.23 2002
112 Vietnam 12.08 2009
113 Cabo Verde 11.87 2015
114 Bosnia and Herzegovina 11.86 2018
115 Ghana 11.34 2010
116 Bhutan 11.00 2017
117 Guatemala 10.31 2014
118 India 10.01 2011
119 Indonesia 9.99 2018
120 Senegal 9.95 2017
121 Honduras 9.75 2018
122 Nepal 9.46 2011
123 Brunei 9.45 1981
124 Zimbabwe 9.42 2017
125 Dem. Rep. Congo 9.12 2016
126 Liechtenstein 8.87 2000
127 Pakistan 8.65 2017
128 Uganda 8.15 2012
129 Algeria 8.03 2008
130 El Salvador 7.95 2017
131 Kenya 7.92 2010
132 Tuvalu 7.32 1991
133 Mali 6.18 2018
134 Ethiopia 5.90 2011
135 Cambodia 5.83 2015
136 Namibia 5.48 2001
137 Togo 5.44 2011
138 Guinea 5.39 2014
139 Lesotho 5.35 2008
140 Côte d'Ivoire 5.31 2014
141 Seychelles 4.72 1987
142 China 4.27 2000
143 Rwanda 4.13 2018
144 Suriname 3.91 2004
145 St. Vincent and the Grenadines 3.54 2017
146 Eswatini 3.28 1986
147 São Tomé and Principe 3.26 2012
148 Chad 3.22 2004
149 Afghanistan 3.02 1979
150 Congo 2.95 1984
151 Libya 2.70 1984
152 Angola 2.63 2014
153 Tanzania 2.56 2012
154 St. Kitts and Nevis 2.32 1980
155 Guyana 2.27 2002
156 Benin 2.16 2002
157 Central African Republic 2.07 1988
158 Myanmar 2.00 1983
159 Mozambique 1.97 2017
160 Dominica 1.71 1981
161 Niger 1.70 2012
162 Grenada 1.57 1981
163 Liberia 1.54 1974
164 Burundi 1.35 2014
165 Mauritania 1.30 1988
166 Kiribati 0.90 1978
167 Sudan 0.80 1983
168 Haiti 0.76 1986
169 Botswana 0.64 1971
170 Malawi 0.49 1998
171 Zambia 0.29 1990
172 The Gambia 0.22 1973
173 Burkina Faso 0.00 2014

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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 post-secondary non-tertiary 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