Lithuania – EU’s Most Educated Country
91.3 % of the Lithuanian population aged 25 to 64 had a secondary or higher education in 2009, according to the report of the Lithuanian Department of Statistics. This is the highest level of education in the country in a decade and one of the highest in the EU, the average in the EU 27 being around 70 %.
Already in 2008, compared to 2005, Lithuania had 90.6 % of the population having completed secondary or higher education and stood 2nd in the EU, outpacing Estonia, Norway and Slovakia.
There are also more Lithuanians with completed higher education (31 %) than the EU average (25.1 %) and with secondary education as well (60.4 %, the EU average being 46.7 %).
91.7 % of Lithuanian women aged 25 to 64 have secondary or higher education, which is the highest figure in the whole EU. There are 10.5 % more women with higher education than men in Lithuania.
Out of 241 thousand of Lithuanian graduates in 2000-2009, 168 thousand got their degrees in universities and 73 thousand in colleges. The number of higher education graduates increased almost 50 % or 180 thousand during the last decade, and Lithuania continues to be a pool of well educated professionals for local and international businesses.
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