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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 StatesUnited States 12 2000
2 NorwayNorway 11.8 2000
3 New ZealandNew Zealand 11.7 2000
4 CanadaCanada 11.6 2000
5 SwedenSweden 11.4 2000
6 AustraliaAustralia 10.9 2000
7 SwitzerlandSwitzerland 10.5 2000
8 GermanyGermany 10.2 2000
9 FinlandFinland 10 2000
10 PolandPoland 9.8 2000
11 DenmarkDenmark 9.7 2000
Group of 7 countries (G7) averageGroup of 7 countries (G7) average 9.69 2000
12 IsraelIsrael 9.6 2000
13 JapanJapan 9.5 2000
High income OECD countries averageHigh income OECD countries average 9.42 2000
14 NetherlandsNetherlands 9.4 2000
15 IrelandIreland 9.4 2000
16 United KingdomUnited Kingdom 9.4 2000
17 SlovakiaSlovakia 9.3 2000
18 BelgiumBelgium 9.3 2000
19 CyprusCyprus 9.2 2000
20 HungaryHungary 9.1 2000
21 ArgentinaArgentina 8.8 2000
22 IcelandIceland 8.8 2000
23 BarbadosBarbados 8.7 2000
24 GreeceGreece 8.7 2000
25 PanamaPanama 8.6 2000
26 AustriaAustria 8.4 2000
27 FijiFiji 8.3 2000
28 PhilippinesPhilippines 8.2 2000
29 FranceFrance 7.9 2000
30 Trinidad and TobagoTrinidad+ 7.8 2000
31 PeruPeru 7.6 2000
32 UruguayUruguay 7.6 2000
33 ChileChile 7.5 2000
34 SpainSpain 7.3 2000
35 ItalyItaly 7.2 2000
36 MexicoMexico 7.2 2000
37 SloveniaSlovenia 7.1 2000
38 KuwaitKuwait 7.1 2000
39 SingaporeSingapore 7 2000
40 JordanJordan 6.9 2000
41 Sri LankaSri Lanka 6.9 2000
42 MalaysiaMalaysia 6.8 2000
43 VenezuelaVenezuela 6.6 2000
44 ThailandThailand 6.5 2000
45 EcuadorEcuador 6.4 2000
46 ChinaChina 6.4 2000
Former Spanish colonies averageFormer Spanish colonies average 6.37 2000
47 BotswanaBotswana 6.3 2000
48 ParaguayParaguay 6.2 2000
49 GuyanaGuyana 6.2 2000
50 BahrainBahrain 6.1 2000
51 South AfricaSouth Africa 6.1 2000
52 SwazilandSwaziland 6 2000
53 MauritiusMauritius 6 2000
54 Costa RicaCosta Rica 6 2000
55 PortugalPortugal 5.9 2000
56 SyriaSyria 5.8 2000
57 BoliviaBolivia 5.6 2000
58 ZambiaZambia 5.5 2000
59 ZimbabweZimbabwe 5.4 2000
60 AlgeriaAlgeria 5.4 2000
61 TurkeyTurkey 5.3 2000
62 ColombiaColombia 5.3 2000
63 JamaicaJamaica 5.3 2000
64 El SalvadorEl Salvador 5.2 2000
65 IndiaIndia 5.1 2000
66 IndonesiaIndonesia 5 2000
67 TunisiaTunisia 5 2000
68 Dominican RepublicDominican Rep. 4.9 2000
69 BrazilBrazil 4.9 2000
70 HondurasHonduras 4.8 2000
71 NicaraguaNicaragua 4.6 2000
72 LesothoLesotho 4.2 2000
73 KenyaKenya 4.2 2000
74 IraqIraq 4 2000
75 GhanaGhana 3.9 2000
76 PakistanPakistan 3.9 2000
77 CameroonCameroon 3.5 2000
78 GuatemalaGuatemala 3.5 2000
79 UgandaUganda 3.5 2000
South Asia averageSouth Asia average 3.33 2000
80 TogoTogo 3.3 2000
81 MalawiMalawi 3.2 2000
82 Papua New GuineaPapua NG 2.9 2000
83 HaitiHaiti 2.8 2000
84 BurmaBurma 2.8 2000
85 TanzaniaTanzania 2.7 2000
86 BangladeshBangladesh 2.6 2000
87 RwandaRwanda 2.6 2000
88 SenegalSenegal 2.6 2000
89 LiberiaLiberia 2.5 2000
90 Central African RepublicCentral Africa 2.5 2000
91 Sierra LeoneSierra Leone 2.4 2000
92 NepalNepal 2.4 2000
93 The GambiaThe Gambia 2.3 2000
94 BeninBenin 2.3 2000
95 SudanSudan 2.1 2000
96 AfghanistanAfghanistan 1.7 2000
97 MozambiqueMozambique 1.1 2000
98 NigerNiger 1 2000
99 MaliMali 0.9 2000
100 Guinea-BissauGuinea-Bissau 0.8 2000

Citation

"All countries compared for Education > Average years of schooling of adults", UNESCO. Aggregates compiled by NationMaster. Retrieved from http://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/stats/Education/Average-years-of-schooling-of-adults

Education > Average years of schooling of adults: Countries Compared Map

NationMaster

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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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