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Published: 5 November 2015

Considerable differences in educational levels between municipalities in 2014

By the end of 2014, altogether 3,213,533 persons, or 70 per cent of the population aged 15 or over had completed a post-comprehensive level qualification. Kauniainen had the population with the highest and Kivijärvi with the lowest educational qualifications. People living in Kauniainen had educated themselves for an average of 5.8 years after basic level education and people living in Kivijärvi for an average of 2.1 years.

Educational level of the population aged 20 and over by municipality in 2014

Educational level of the population aged 20 and over by municipality in 2014

The highest educated population centres mainly around university towns and municipalities surrounding them, while the population with a lower level of education is more often located in rural municipalities. Measured by educational level, Kivijärvi and Kauniainen are at the extreme ends of the municipality division. In Kivijärvi, ten per cent of the population have tertiary qualifications and in Kauniainen, the corresponding figure is 57 per cent. Together with Kumlinge located in Åland, Kivijärvi and Kauniainen are the only municipalities where the male population is more highly educated than the female population. In Valkeakoski, men and women have an equal level of education, in addition to which, the difference between sexes in educational level measured by the length of education was small in Espoo, Kaskinen, Tampere and Pirkkala. The database tables of this statistics contain more information on, e.g. regional differences in educational levels (see database tables ).

Second generation immigrants with foreign background, i.e. those born in Finland, are mainly young people. In all, 69.5 per cent of second generation immigrants with foreign background belong to the age group 15 to 24, whose studying career is only beginning. The highest educated second generation immigrants with foreign background are persons aged 45 to 54, among whom 86.7 per cent have completed post-comprehensive level qualifications and 35.4 per cent tertiary level education. Measured by population share, persons aged 45 to 54 are nearly as highly educated as persons with Finnish background born in Finland, of whom 87.9 per cent have completed post-comprehensive level qualifications and 41.9 per cent tertiary level education.

Educational attainmet of second level immigrants with foreign background by age 2014

Age Total Basic education or less (ISCED 2 or less) Population with educational qualifications Upper secondary /Post-secondary non tertiary education (ISCED 3/4) ISCED 5 or more
  %   %   %   %   %
Total 11 210 100,0 6 911 61,7 4 299 38,3 3 177 28,3 1 122 10,0
15-24 7 787 100,0 5 778 74,2 2 009 25,8 1 947 25,0 62 0,8
25-34 429 100,0 117 27,3 312 72,7 188 43,8 124 28,9
35-44 241 100,0 63 26,1 178 73,9 95 39,4 83 34,4
45-54 226 100,0 30 13,3 196 86,7 116 51,3 80 35,4
55-64 827 100,0 201 24,3 626 75,7 345 41,7 281 34,0
65-74 1 207 100,0 458 37,9 749 62,1 377 31,2 372 30,8
75- 493 100,0 264 53,5 229 46,5 109 22,1 120 24,3

In 2014, there were 115,816 persons aged 20 to 29 with only basic level of education, which is 17.0 per cent of the age group. Among men, 19.0 per cent of the age group had only basic level education and 14.9 per cent among women. The share of those with only basic level education has decreased by 0.3 percentage points from last year. The proportion of men has declined by 0.7 percentage points, while the proportion of women has remained unchanged. The share of those with only basic level education was lowest at the beginning of the 2000s when the share was 16.4 per cent.

Population by level of education, age and gender 2014

Population by level of education, age and gender 2014

Source: Education 2015. Statistics Finland

Inquiries: Mika Witting 029 551 3571, koulutustilastot@stat.fi

Director in charge: Jari Tarkoma

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Tables

Tables in databases

Appendix tables


Updated 5.11.2015

Referencing instructions:

Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Educational structure of population [e-publication].
ISSN=2242-2919. 2014. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 30.11.2022].
Access method: http://www.stat.fi/til/vkour/2014/vkour_2014_2015-11-05_tie_001_en.html