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

Definition: The percentage of population ages 25 and over that attained or completed upper 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 Uzbekistan 92.56 2016
2 Georgia 92.50 2017
3 Czech Republic 91.15 2017
4 Latvia 90.30 2018
5 Cayman Islands 90.20 2015
6 Armenia 90.10 2017
7 United States 89.81 2018
8 Azerbaijan 88.50 2017
9 Kyrgyz Republic 88.37 2009
10 Palau 88.05 2013
11 Estonia 87.63 2018
12 Lithuania 87.31 2017
13 Slovak Republic 87.07 2017
14 Switzerland 85.68 2018
15 Kazakhstan 85.23 2009
16 Poland 84.86 2016
17 Belarus 84.85 2009
18 Russia 84.53 2010
19 Germany 83.46 2018
20 Canada 82.75 2011
21 Slovenia 82.56 2017
22 The Bahamas 81.88 2010
23 Israel 81.44 2015
24 Tajikistan 80.64 2017
25 Japan 80.34 2010
26 Puerto Rico 80.02 2017
27 Austria 79.66 2017
28 Luxembourg 79.57 2014
29 Denmark 79.28 2018
30 Australia 78.33 2018
31 Norway 78.22 2017
32 United Kingdom 77.11 2017
33 Turkmenistan 77.07 1995
34 Korea 76.45 2015
35 Bulgaria 76.45 2017
36 Sweden 76.15 2017
37 Hungary 76.06 2016
38 Finland 75.52 2017
39 Moldova 75.24 2018
40 Ukraine 74.32 2001
41 Singapore 73.52 2018
42 Cyprus 72.98 2018
43 Montenegro 72.56 2011
44 Samoa 72.47 2011
45 Serbia 71.64 2017
46 Liechtenstein 71.49 2000
47 Netherlands 71.10 2018
48 Ireland 70.78 2017
49 Croatia 70.71 2011
50 France 70.08 2017
51 New Zealand 70.03 2016
52 Belgium 69.15 2017
53 Mongolia 67.57 2010
54 Romania 67.45 2017
55 Egypt 67.16 2017
56 United Arab Emirates 67.12 2017
57 Bahrain 64.93 2018
58 Bosnia and Herzegovina 63.51 2018
59 Hong Kong SAR, China 63.27 2017
60 Venezuela 61.92 2016
61 Sri Lanka 61.68 2016
62 South Africa 61.34 2017
63 Iceland 60.74 2005
64 Chile 59.23 2017
65 Philippines 58.46 2013
66 Malaysia 58.33 2016
67 Peru 58.04 2018
68 Cuba 57.41 2012
69 Trinidad and Tobago 56.73 2009
70 Greece 54.64 2016
71 Tonga 54.13 2011
72 San Marino 53.94 2018
73 Saudi Arabia 53.88 2017
74 Macao SAR, China 51.98 2016
75 Spain 50.42 2018
76 Oman 50.37 2015
77 Colombia 49.77 2018
78 Italy 49.15 2015
79 Dominican Republic 48.60 2016
80 Iran 48.39 2016
81 Brazil 47.43 2018
82 Andorra 47.35 2016
83 Seychelles 46.04 2002
84 Albania 45.28 2012
85 Malta 45.22 2018
86 Nigeria 44.86 2006
87 Fiji 44.56 2017
88 Ecuador 43.53 2017
89 Panama 43.00 2010
90 Mauritius 42.74 2018
91 Bolivia 42.63 2015
92 Argentina 42.16 2003
93 St. Vincent and the Grenadines 41.81 2017
94 Jordan 41.35 2010
95 Qatar 41.30 2017
96 St. Lucia 40.43 2013
97 Costa Rica 39.66 2018
98 Greenland 39.63 2015
99 Paraguay 39.38 2018
100 Turkey 39.03 2017
101 Portugal 37.08 2018
102 Belize 36.83 2010
103 Mexico 35.65 2018
104 Indonesia 34.60 2018
105 Lebanon 32.93 2007
106 Thailand 32.67 2016
107 Kuwait 31.20 2018
108 Guyana 31.19 2002
109 Bangladesh 30.54 2018
110 Uruguay 30.44 2018
111 Iraq 29.72 2013
112 El Salvador 29.62 2017
113 Dem. Rep. Congo 27.26 2016
114 Pakistan 27.25 2017
115 India 26.89 2011
116 Guatemala 26.60 2014
117 Vietnam 25.68 2009
118 Algeria 25.42 2008
119 Suriname 24.72 2012
120 Barbados 24.21 2000
121 Honduras 23.07 2018
122 China 22.32 2010
123 Kenya 22.03 2010
124 Syrian Arab Republic 21.90 2009
125 Ghana 20.56 2010
126 Cabo Verde 20.04 2015
127 Cameroon 18.17 2010
128 Namibia 17.55 2001
129 Bhutan 17.32 2017
130 Nepal 16.79 2011
131 Zambia 15.92 1990
132 Angola 15.86 2014
133 Lesotho 13.81 2008
134 Zimbabwe 12.26 2017
135 Côte d'Ivoire 11.25 2014
136 Libya 11.20 1984
137 Senegal 10.86 2017
138 Dominica 10.77 2001
139 Uganda 9.87 2012
140 Rwanda 9.86 2018
141 Eswatini 9.65 1986
142 Cambodia 9.30 2015
143 Togo 9.26 2011
144 Ethiopia 8.84 2011
145 Congo 8.77 1984
146 Mozambique 8.69 2017
147 Vanuatu 7.30 1979
148 Mali 7.12 2018
149 Guinea 6.74 2014
150 Tunisia 6.60 1980
151 Liberia 5.50 1974
152 Malawi 5.21 1998
153 Chad 5.10 2009
154 Nicaragua 4.37 1971
155 Tanzania 3.40 2012
156 Burundi 3.33 2014
157 Niger 3.28 2012
158 Afghanistan 3.00 1975
159 Burkina Faso 2.81 2014
160 Sudan 2.80 1983
161 Myanmar 2.30 1973
162 Haiti 2.26 1971
163 Central African Republic 1.64 1975
164 São Tomé and Principe 1.53 1981
165 Botswana 1.28 1971
166 The Gambia 1.14 1973
167 Benin 1.10 1979

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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 upper 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