Press release 26.10.2009

Finland has the highest number of tertiary level students in the Nordic countries

Relative to the size of population, Finland has the highest number of students in tertiary education in the Nordic countries. Nearly one in five of the population aged 20 to 39 in Finland attend tertiary education, whereas in Sweden and Iceland the respective proportion is one in seven and in Denmark and Norway around one in eight. These data derive from the recently published Nordic Statistical Yearbook 2009.

The following statistical data can also be found in the Nordic Statistical Yearbook:

The Nordic Statistical Yearbook is a 150-page information package containing statistical comparison data on e.g. the environment, population, education, labour market, industrial structure and economy. The statistics cover the five Nordic countries as well as the autonomous territories of the Åland Islands, the Faroe Islands and Greenland.

In addition to figures and tables, the Yearbook contains concise background information on different topics. The data are available in both Swedish and in English. There is also a freely accessible database on the Internet which contains ample Nordic comparison data. The database and a pdf version of the Yearbook are available on the website of the Nordic Council of Ministers at

The Yearbook, published by the Nordic Council of Ministers, costs EUR 50. It can be ordered from Statistics Finland's Sales Service, tel. +358 9 1734 2011, email

Inquiries: Hans Baumgartner, Statistics Finland, +358 9 1734 2399,

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