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Increase in the number of secondary diplomas in Estonia

Marta Galán

Comparing the 2011 census with the last one in 2000, a noticeable rise among the highly educated people can be seen, yet the number of people who have secondary education remains roughly the same – around 45 percent – said Statistics Estonia in in its latest mining of the census data.

Secondary education includes diplomas acquired at vocational schools, including trades such as electricians or chefs and persons who are yet to finish higher education studies.

Twenty-one percent of over-20 adults have basic education (an eighth- or ninth-grade education or less. The education status of 1.5 percent of the population is unknown.

Close to half (49 percent) of the over-20 male residents stop their official education path after receiving the secondary education diplomas and 27 percent of the men have acquired a higher education. With females, the percentages are 42 and 39, respectively, indicating more women than men pursue higher education in Estonia. 

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