Educational attainment, at least Bachelor's or equivalent, population 25+, female (%) (cumulative) - Country Ranking

Definition: The percentage of population ages 25 and over that attained or completed Bachelor's or equivalent.

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

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Rank Country Value Year
1 United Arab Emirates 43.72 2017
2 Lithuania 37.97 2017
3 Denmark 37.49 2018
4 Latvia 36.30 2018
5 Belgium 35.64 2017
6 Israel 35.44 2015
7 United States 35.32 2018
8 Qatar 35.26 2017
9 Australia 34.78 2018
10 United Kingdom 34.70 2017
11 Georgia 34.38 2017
12 Ireland 33.65 2017
13 Norway 32.68 2017
14 Cayman Islands 32.58 2015
15 Switzerland 30.02 2015
16 New Zealand 29.99 2016
17 Netherlands 29.52 2018
18 Venezuela 29.45 2016
19 Singapore 29.35 2018
20 Cyprus 29.09 2018
21 Bahrain 28.58 2018
22 Bulgaria 28.48 2017
23 Poland 27.72 2016
24 Sweden 27.58 2017
25 Saudi Arabia 26.89 2017
26 Mongolia 26.80 2010
27 Finland 26.19 2017
28 Kazakhstan 24.29 2009
29 Korea 24.09 2015
30 Armenia 24.04 2017
31 Spain 23.63 2018
32 Slovenia 23.60 2017
33 Costa Rica 22.36 2018
34 Slovak Republic 22.00 2017
35 Moldova 21.81 2018
36 Portugal 21.45 2018
37 Hungary 21.24 2016
38 Germany 21.10 2018
39 Dominican Republic 20.98 2016
40 Czech Republic 20.77 2017
41 Greece 19.71 2016
42 Philippines 18.81 2017
43 Panama 18.72 2010
44 Iran 18.59 2016
45 Brazil 18.29 2018
46 Malta 18.21 2018
47 Oman 18.16 2015
48 Bolivia 17.89 2015
49 France 17.53 2017
50 The Bahamas 17.48 2010
51 San Marino 17.45 2018
52 Kyrgyz Republic 17.43 2009
53 Thailand 16.27 2016
54 Cuba 16.01 2012
55 Kuwait 15.76 2018
56 Paraguay 15.75 2018
57 Serbia 15.35 2017
58 Mexico 14.86 2018
59 Mauritius 14.33 2018
60 Chile 14.14 2017
61 Austria 13.96 2017
62 Uruguay 13.88 2018
63 Greenland 13.75 2015
64 Ecuador 13.49 2017
65 Romania 12.74 2014
66 Azerbaijan 12.55 2017
67 Albania 12.40 2012
68 Colombia 12.34 2018
69 Malaysia 12.31 2016
70 Uzbekistan 12.00 2016
71 Japan 11.56 2010
72 Suriname 10.09 2012
73 Honduras 9.90 2018
74 Indonesia 9.22 2018
75 Puerto Rico 8.77 2017
76 Jamaica 8.35 2011
77 South Africa 8.21 2017
78 Bhutan 7.39 2017
79 Bosnia and Herzegovina 7.19 2018
80 Cabo Verde 7.01 2015
81 Tajikistan 6.84 2017
82 India 6.72 2011
83 Nigeria 6.55 2006
84 Bangladesh 6.35 2018
85 Trinidad and Tobago 6.23 2011
86 El Salvador 6.12 2017
87 Guatemala 5.31 2014
88 Fiji 4.97 2017
89 Pakistan 4.58 2011
90 Rwanda 3.42 2018
91 China 3.00 2010
92 Zimbabwe 2.47 2017
93 Nepal 2.24 2011
94 São Tomé and Principe 2.18 2012
95 Russia 2.09 2010
96 Angola 2.00 2014
97 Guinea 1.79 2014
98 Dem. Rep. Congo 1.50 2016
99 Côte d'Ivoire 1.46 2014
100 Mozambique 1.31 2017
101 Uganda 1.14 2012
102 Mali 1.00 2018
103 Senegal 0.90 2017
104 Niger 0.57 2012
105 Burundi 0.39 2014
106 Chad 0.25 2009
107 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 Bachelor's or equivalent 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