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Education > Average years of schooling of adults: Countries Compared

DEFINITION: Average years of schooling of adults is the years of formal schooling received, on average, by adults over age 15. (Data Source: Barro-Lee Data Set www.worldbank.org/html/prdmg/grthweb/ddbarle2.htm).

CONTENTS

# COUNTRY AMOUNT DATE GRAPH
1 United States 12 2000
2 Norway 11.8 2000
3 New Zealand 11.7 2000
4 Canada 11.6 2000
5 Sweden 11.4 2000
6 Australia 10.9 2000
7 Switzerland 10.5 2000
8 Germany 10.2 2000
9 Finland 10 2000
10 Poland 9.8 2000
11 Denmark 9.7 2000
Group of 7 countries (G7) average (profile) 9.69 2000
12 Israel 9.6 2000
13 Japan 9.5 2000
High income OECD countries average (profile) 9.42 2000
=14 Netherlands 9.4 2000
=14 Ireland 9.4 2000
=14 United Kingdom 9.4 2000
=17 Slovakia 9.3 2000
=17 Belgium 9.3 2000
19 Cyprus 9.2 2000
20 Hungary 9.1 2000
=21 Argentina 8.8 2000
=21 Iceland 8.8 2000
=23 Barbados 8.7 2000
=23 Greece 8.7 2000
25 Panama 8.6 2000
26 Austria 8.4 2000
27 Fiji 8.3 2000
28 Philippines 8.2 2000
29 France 7.9 2000
30 Trinidad and Tobago 7.8 2000
=31 Peru 7.6 2000
=31 Uruguay 7.6 2000
33 Chile 7.5 2000
34 Spain 7.3 2000
=35 Italy 7.2 2000
=35 Mexico 7.2 2000
=37 Slovenia 7.1 2000
=37 Kuwait 7.1 2000
39 Singapore 7 2000
=40 Jordan 6.9 2000
=40 Sri Lanka 6.9 2000
42 Malaysia 6.8 2000
43 Venezuela 6.6 2000
44 Thailand 6.5 2000
=45 Ecuador 6.4 2000
=45 China 6.4 2000
Former Spanish colonies average (profile) 6.37 2000
47 Botswana 6.3 2000
=48 Paraguay 6.2 2000
=48 Guyana 6.2 2000
=50 Bahrain 6.1 2000
=50 South Africa 6.1 2000
=52 Swaziland 6 2000
=52 Mauritius 6 2000
=52 Costa Rica 6 2000
55 Portugal 5.9 2000
56 Syria 5.8 2000
57 Bolivia 5.6 2000
58 Zambia 5.5 2000
=59 Zimbabwe 5.4 2000
=59 Algeria 5.4 2000
=61 Turkey 5.3 2000
=61 Colombia 5.3 2000
=61 Jamaica 5.3 2000
64 El Salvador 5.2 2000
65 India 5.1 2000
=66 Indonesia 5 2000
=66 Tunisia 5 2000
=68 Dominican Republic 4.9 2000
=68 Brazil 4.9 2000
70 Honduras 4.8 2000
71 Nicaragua 4.6 2000
=72 Lesotho 4.2 2000
=72 Kenya 4.2 2000
74 Iraq 4 2000
=75 Ghana 3.9 2000
=75 Pakistan 3.9 2000
=77 Cameroon 3.5 2000
=77 Guatemala 3.5 2000
=77 Uganda 3.5 2000
South Asia average (profile) 3.33 2000
80 Togo 3.3 2000
81 Malawi 3.2 2000
82 Papua New Guinea 2.9 2000
=83 Haiti 2.8 2000
=83 Burma 2.8 2000
85 Tanzania 2.7 2000
=86 Bangladesh 2.6 2000
=86 Rwanda 2.6 2000
=86 Senegal 2.6 2000
=89 Liberia 2.5 2000
=89 Central African Republic 2.5 2000
=91 Sierra Leone 2.4 2000
=91 Nepal 2.4 2000
=93 The Gambia 2.3 2000
=93 Benin 2.3 2000
95 Sudan 2.1 2000
96 Afghanistan 1.7 2000
97 Mozambique 1.1 2000
98 Niger 1 2000
99 Mali 0.9 2000
100 Guinea-Bissau 0.8 2000

Citation

"Countries Compared by Education > Average years of schooling of adults. International Statistics at NationMaster.com", UNESCO. Aggregates compiled by NationMaster. Retrieved from http://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/stats/Education/Average-years-of-schooling-of-adults

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Interesting observations about Education > Average years of schooling of adults

United States ranked first for average years of schooling of adults amongst High income OECD countries in 2000.
Australia ranked first for average years of schooling of adults amongst Hot countries in 2000.
Argentina ranked first for average years of schooling of adults amongst Former Spanish colonies in 2000.
Italy ranked last for average years of schooling of adults amongst Group of 7 countries (G7) in 2000.
Germany ranked first for average years of schooling of adults amongst Eurozone in 2000.
Sweden ranked first for average years of schooling of adults amongst European Union in 2000.
Norway ranked second for average years of schooling of adults amongst Christian countries in 2000.
Poland ranked first for average years of schooling of adults amongst Emerging markets in 2000.
New Zealand ranked second for average years of schooling of adults amongst Former British colonies in 2000.
Canada ranked second for average years of schooling of adults amongst Heavily indebted countries in 2000.

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The US has a partial school year with several lengthy vacations and many days off school. When tallying the days children in the US are in the classroom, it amounts to less than 1/2 of a year. Our school years are actually 6, not 12. Please make adjustments to these 'statistics'.

Posted on 05 Nov 2010

Monica

Monica

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I suspect the figures are correct.

Posted on 12 Jul 2010

emre

emre

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Can you kindly include also the following countries United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia as these countries are potential candidates for foreign investments. Thank you.

Posted on 10 Jun 2010

Christopher

Christopher

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Thanks for the helpful and extremely clear, easy-to-understand data! Here's an updated link to the underlying Barro-Lee data-set. http://web.worldbank.org/WBSITE/EXTERNAL/TOPICS/EXTEDUCATION/EXTDATASTATISTICS/EXTEDSTATS/0,,contentMDK:21218180~menuPK:4324130~pagePK:64168445~piPK:64168309~theSitePK:3232764,00.html.

Posted on 09 Dec 2009

Nicole B.

Nicole B.

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The link to the data source does not work. Does anyone else know where I can find this information?

Posted on 04 Oct 2009

Conor

Conor

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A comment to Norm, 09-08-31: if adults (over 15 years old) of a country have an average of 12 years of schooling, it means that if the started school when they were 6 years old, the average citizen has been in school until 18 years old. This variable TYR (total years of schooling) is one of the most important variables to measure the opportunities for development. Usually countries with low levels of this variable do not perform well for several reasons explained in many economic studies. The highest priority of the MDGs (Millenium Development Goals) should be, in my view as economist, to foster international cooperatio to improve education and to increase TYR in the poorest countries. Our Association publishes a blog with some international graphs in this regard: http://euroamericanassociation.blogspot.com

Posted on 18 Sep 2009

EAAEDS

EAAEDS

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I don't understand these stats. The definition "is years of formal schooling, on average, by adults over age 15." So in the US the average person goes to school until age 27. So the average person graduates from high school at age 18. They do undergraduate or trade school or equivalent for 4 years until age 22 or 23. This leaves 5 years. This would mean that the average person (50% of the population has more and 50% has less) has been in school long enough to get a Phd or some educational equivalent. I know the US has a lot of lawyers but really, that many?

Posted on 31 Aug 2009

Norm

Norm

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I find Nation Master's data very easy to understand. Try to visit World Bank's statistics and come back. Compared to WB's pages this is really easy stuff. Great pages, thanks!

Posted on 03 Jun 2009

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