Published: 5 December 2007

Persons with educational qualifications numbered 2,806,000 in 2006

Correction to the release made on 5 Dec. 2007. Figures on doctor's and licentiate's degrees corrected in the table on 16 Jan. 2008.

At the end of 2006, a total of 2,806,000 persons, or 64 per cent of the population aged 15 or over, in Finland held post-comprehensive level educational qualifications from upper secondary general schools, vocational education institutes, polytechnics or universities. The share of population with such qualifications increased by two per cent from the year before. Persons having only completed the basic level of education, i.e. comprehensive school, middle school or elementary school, numbered 1,570,000.

Upper secondary level qualifications were held by 38 per cent and tertiary level qualifications by 26 per cent of the population aged 15 or over. Forty-one per cent of the holders of upper secondary level qualifications were men and 36 per cent women, whereas tertiary degrees were held by 23 per cent of men and 28 per cent of women.

Population aged 15 or over by level of education and gender, 2006

Level of education Population aged
15 or over
Men aged
15 or over
Woman aged
15 or over
  %   %   %
Total 4,375,774 100,0 2,123,787 100,0 2,251,987 100,0
Basic education or less (ISCED 2 or less) 1,569,835 35.9 765,142 36.0 804,693 35.7
Population with educational qualifications 2,805,939 64.1 1,358,645 64.0 1,447,294 64.3
Upper secondary education/Post-secondary non-tertiary education (ISCED 3/4) 1,675,369 38.3 861,262 40.6 814,107 36.2
Tertiary education (ISCED 5/6) 1,130,570 25.8 497,383 23.4 633,187 28.1
First stage of tertiary education (ISCED 5) 1,099,848 25.1 478,135 22.5 621,713 27.6
ISCED 5B programmes 494,540 11.3 192,544 9.1 301,996 13.4
ISCED 5A programmes 605,308 13.8 285,591 13.4 319,717 14.2
    5A Medium programmes (Bachelor level) 314,791 7.2 147,927 7.0 166,864 7.4
    5A Long/very long programmes (Master level) 290,517 6.6 137,664 6.5 152,853 6.8
Second stage of tertiary education (ISCED 6) 30,722 0.7 19,248 0.9 11,474 0.5
    Licentiate's degree 9,442(1 0.2 5,747(1 0.3 3,695 0.2
    Doctor's degree 21,280(2 0.5 13,501(2 0.6 7,779 0.3

1) Figures corrected on 16 Jan. 2008. Previous figures were: Licentiate's degree, total 9,449; men 5,754
2) Figures corrected on 16 Jan. 2008. Previous figures were: Doctor's degree, total 21,273; men 13,494

Source: Education Statistics. Statistics Finland

Inquiries: Ms Tarja Ylipekka, +358 9 1734 3571 koulutus.tilastot@stat.fi

Director in charge: Mr Jari Tarkoma

Tables

Tables in databases


Last updated 16.1.2008

Referencing instructions:

Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Educational structure of population [e-publication].
ISSN=2242-2919. 2006. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 14.11.2019].
Access method: http://www.stat.fi/til/vkour/2006/vkour_2006_2007-12-05_tie_001_en.html