School enrollment, secondary (% net) - Country Ranking - Europe

Definition: Net enrollment rate is the ratio of children of official school age who are enrolled in school to the population of the corresponding official school age. Secondary education completes the provision of basic education that began at the primary level, and aims at laying the foundations for lifelong learning and human development, by offering more subject- or skill-oriented instruction using more specialized teachers.

Source: United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Institute for Statistics.

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Rank Country Value Year
1 Sweden 99.66 2015
2 Ireland 99.57 2012
3 France 99.44 2014
4 Belarus 99.25 2015
5 United Kingdom 98.28 2014
6 Latvia 98.25 2015
7 Lithuania 98.03 2015
8 Estonia 97.32 2015
9 Spain 96.37 2015
10 Italy 96.16 2015
11 Norway 95.47 2015
12 Belgium 95.30 2015
13 Greece 95.07 2014
14 Slovenia 94.95 2014
15 Finland 94.91 2015
16 Cyprus 94.63 2015
17 Netherlands 93.88 2015
18 Portugal 93.87 2015
19 Serbia 93.78 2015
20 Poland 92.55 2014
21 Croatia 91.83 2015
22 Liechtenstein 91.54 2015
23 Hungary 91.01 2015
24 Denmark 89.79 2015
25 Malta 88.79 2015
26 Ukraine 88.57 2014
27 Bulgaria 88.32 2015
28 Iceland 87.68 2013
29 Turkey 86.35 2015
30 Albania 85.91 2015
31 Switzerland 84.92 2015
32 Luxembourg 84.60 2014
33 Romania 83.93 2015
34 Macedonia 82.18 2005
35 Moldova 76.40 2015

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Development Relevance: Gross enrollment ratios indicate the capacity of each level of the education system, but a high ratio may reflect a substantial number of overage children enrolled in each grade because of repetition or late entry rather than a successful education system. The net enrollment rate excludes overage and underage students and more accurately captures the system's coverage and internal efficiency. Differences between the gross enrollment ratio and the net enrollment rate show the incidence of overage and underage enrollments.

Limitations and Exceptions: Enrollment indicators are based on annual school surveys, but do not necessarily reflect actual attendance or dropout rates during the year. Also, the length of education differs across countries and can influence enrollment rates, although the International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED) tries to minimize the difference. For example, a shorter duration for primary education tends to increase the rate; a longer one to decrease it (in part because older children are more at risk of dropping out). Moreover, age at enrollment may be inaccurately estimated or misstated, especially in communities where registration of births is not strictly enforced.

Other Notes: Each economy is classified based on the classification of World Bank Group's fiscal year 2017 (July 1, 2016-June 30, 2017).

Statistical Concept and Methodology: Net enrollment rate for secondary school is calculated by dividing the number of students of official school age enrolled in secondary education by the population of the age group which officially corresponds to secondary education, and multiplying by 100. Data on education are collected by the UNESCO Institute for Statistics from official responses to its annual education 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. Population data are drawn from the United Nations Population Division. Using a single source for population data standardizes definitions, estimations, and interpolation methods, ensuring a consistent methodology across countries and minimizing potential enumeration problems in national censuses. The reference years reflect the school year for which the data are presented. In some countries the school year spans two calendar years (for example, from September 2010 to June 2011); in these cases the reference year refers to the year in which the school year ended (2011 in the example).

Aggregation method: Weighted average

Periodicity: Annual