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Published: 19 December 2007

Proportion of highly educated population highest in the Region of Uusimaa

Twenty-seven per cent of the country’s population aged 16 to 74 held a tertiary level educational qualification in 2005. The share of highly educated population had increased by two percentage points since 2000, and was the highest in the Region of Uusimaa at 35 per cent. The Region of Kainuu had the lowest share of 21 per cent. Thirty-five per cent of the highly education population lived in Uusimaa, nine per cent in both Varsinais-Suomi and Pirkanmaa and approximately seven per cent in North Ostrobothnia. The share had increased most since 2000 in the Regions of Pirkanmaa and North Ostrobothnia and diminished most in the Regions of Lapland, Kainuu, Pohjois-Savo and Etelä-Savo.

Share of highly educated population of total population by region in 2005

Share of highly educated population of total population by region in 2005

In 2005, the proportion of highly educated employees of all employed labour force increased slightly from the previous year, when it was 36 per cent. As a proportion of all employed persons, 5.4 per cent of them were unemployed.

The share of highly educated employees was the highest, or 18 per cent, in human health activities. One-third of those with a doctorate level degree were employed by universities and approximately 16 per cent by human health activities. Around 29 per cent of those with a higher level university degree worked in the field of education. The largest shares of holders of other tertiary degrees were employed by human health activities (21%), trade (13%) and business services (11%).

Highly educated employees by economic activity and completed degree in 2005

  Share of employees,
%
Doctorate level degree
%
Higher-degree level
%
Other tertiary degrees
%
Total
%
Agriculture, forestry and fishery 18.0 0.3 0.8 2.4 1,9
Mining and quarrying 18.2 0.0 0.1 0.1 0,1
Food, textiles 18.9 0.3 0.7 1.4 1,2
Wood products, pulp, paper product 27.5 2.3 3.8 4.3 4,1
Metals, machinery and equipmen 28.1 2.5 4.4 6.3 5,7
Computers, telecommunication equipment 59.3 2.5 3.8 2.1 2,6
Other manufacturing 20.7 0.2 0.4 1.0 0,8
Electricity, gas and water supply 42.0 0.2 0.6 0.9 0,8
Construction 16.8 0.2 0.7 3.8 2,9
Trade 25.4 1.7 5.0 13.2 10,7
Transport, communications 17.6 0.4 1.4 3.9 3,1
Telecommunications 51.6 0.2 0.9 1.3 1,2
Financial and insurance intermediatio 61.0 0.9 3.0 3.4 3,2
Computer and related activities 62.2 1.3 3.8 2.8 3,0
Business services 39.5 4.6 10.4 10.6 10,4
Public sector research institutes 71.9 8.0 1.8 0.4 1,0
Other research activities 69.7 1.7 0.4 0.1 0,3
Universities 74.7 32.9 4.9 0.7 2,7
Other higher education 84.2 4.1 1.5 0.3 0,7
Other education 71.4 7.0 22.3 6.4 10,7
Human health activities 44.2 15.8 11.9 20.9 18,3
Public administration 57.9 8.1 10.1 7.8 8,4
Other economic activities 34.6 3.5 5.9 4.5 4,9
Activity unknown/missing 21.9 1.3 1.3 1.2 1,2
Economic activities, total 36.3 100.0 100.0 100.0 100,0

Source: Human resources of science and technology 2006. Statistics Finland

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Director in charge: Kaija Hovi

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Updated 19.12.2007

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