Education and Research

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Population by level of education

  2000 % 2010 % 2019 % 2020 %
Population aged 15 or over 4 244 782 100 4 487 599 100 4 654 256 100 4 672 932 100
Population with educational qualification, total 2 520 455 59,4 3 004 903 67,0 3 435 385 73,8 3 468 701 74,2
Upper secondary education 1 526 023 36,0 1 737 248 38,7 1 892 279 40,7 1 896 509 40,6
Post-secondary non-tertiary education 2 913 0,1 20 808 0,5 44 372 1,0 46 650 1,0
Lowest level tertiary education 520 683 12,3 472 283 10,5 426 481 9,2 421 043 9,0
Lower tertiary level 217 221 5,1 395 862 8,8 557 666 12,0 571 913 12,2
Higher tertiary level 230 367 5,4 342 598 7,6 464 953 10,0 481 753 10,3
Doctorate level 23 248 0,5 36 104 0,8 49 634 1,1 50 833 1,1
Only basic education 1 724 327 40,6 1 482 696 33,0 1 218 871 26,2 1 204 231 25,8

Students and qualifications attained

Sector of education Students 1) Qualifications attained
  2019 2020 2019 2020
Basic education 569 283 619 959 59 765 60 309
Upper secondary general school education 105 248 106 759 29 605 29 905
Vocational education 320 058 313 701 71 579 65 073
University of applied sciences education 142 157 148 795 28 099 28 735
University education 153 767 156 577 31 707 35 818
Total 1 290 513 1 345 791 220 755 219 840

1) Students in education leading to qualifications. The data for vocational education relate to a calendar year. The data for other educational sectors describe the situation on 20 September.

Employment of graduates one year after graduation, 2020

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Research and development expenditure

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1) Incl. private non-profit sector
2) Estimate based on survey responses and other calculations

Main topic: Education and Research

 

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Last updated 9 Jun 2022