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Published: 3 December 2010

Differences between municipalities in educational level of population were still considerable in 2009

By the end of 2009, a total of 2,955,000 persons in Finland had attained post-comprehensive level educational qualifications in upper secondary general school education, vocational education, polytechnic education or university education. Sixty-six per cent of the population aged 15 or over had attained an educational qualification. The share of population with educational qualifications increased by two per cent from the year before. The share of population aged over 15 with educational qualifications was highest in Kauniainen at 79 per cent and lowest in Rautavaara at 47 per cent. The data in these statistics comply with the municipal division valid on 1 January 2010.

Population aged 15 or over by level of education and gender 2009

Level Gender
Total Men Women
  %   %   %
Total 4 463 104 100,0 2 171 247 100,0 2 291 857 100,0
Basic education or less (ISCED 2 or less) 1 508 061 33,8 743 013 34,2 765 048 33,4
Population with educational qualifications 2 955 043 66,2 1 428 234 65,8 1 526 809 66,6
Upper secondary /Post-secondary non tertiary education (ISCED 3/4) 1 736 173 38,9 899 842 41,4 836 331 36,5
Tertiary level (ISCED 5/6) 1 218 870 27,3 528 392 24,3 690 478 30,1
ISCED 5 B programmes 477 211 10,7 185 730 8,6 291 481 12,7
ISCED 5 A Medium programmes (Bachelor level) 376 678 8,4 169 606 7,8 207 072 9,0
ISCED 5 A Long/very long programmes (Master level) 330 097 7,4 152 116 7,0 177 981 7,8
Second stage of tertiary Education (ISCED 6) 34 884 0,8 20 940 1,0 13 944 0,6
Licentiate's degree 9 579 0,2 5 689 0,3 3 890 0,2
Doctor's degree 25 305 0,6 15 251 0,7 10 054 0,4

Persons having only completed the basic level of education, i.e. comprehensive school, middle school or elementary school, numbered 1,508 000. Upper secondary level qualifications were held by 39 per cent and tertiary level qualifications by 27 per cent of the population aged 15 or over. Forty-one per cent of the holders of upper secondary level qualifications were men and 36 per cent women, whereas tertiary degrees were held by 24 per cent of men and 30 per cent of women.


Source: Education 2010. Statistics Finland

Inquiries: Aila Repo (09) 1734 3271, koulutustilastot@stat.fi

Director in charge: Jari Tarkoma

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Updated 3.12.2010

Referencing instructions:

Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Educational structure of population [e-publication].
ISSN=2242-2919. 2009. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 4.12.2022].
Access method: http://www.stat.fi/til/vkour/2009/vkour_2009_2010-12-03_tie_001_en.html