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  • Education system in Norway

    Norway
    Overview of the education system (EAG 2019)
  • Tertiary-educated adults in Norway enjoy relatively favourable labour-market prospects. Young Norwegian adults with tertiary education have lower than average inactivity rates, and almost 90% of them are in employment.
  • Tertiary-educated adults demonstrate mixed social outcomes compared to those with other levels of education. Adults with tertiary education are more likely to participate in cultural and sporting activities and social media. However they also report a more negative work-life balance.
  • Spending on tertiary education has increased much faster than spending at other levels of education in Norway in recent years.
  • Norwegian teachers have relatively fewer students on average, and there is a good supply of new entrants to the profession.
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    Educational outcomes

    The average age of upper secondary graduates from vocational programmes in Norway is one of the highest among OECD and partner countries with available data (27.7 Years, rank 8/36 , 2017) Download Indicator

    Attainment by field of education

    The percentage of 25-64 year-olds with tertiary education who studied in the field of arts is one of the lowest among OECD countries and partner economies with available data. (2 %, rank 16/17 , 2018) Download Indicator

    The percentage of 25-64 year-olds with tertiary education who studied in the field of humanities (except languages), social sciences, journalism and information is one of the highest among OECD countries and partner economies with available data. (14.4 %, rank 9/30 , 2018) Download Indicator

    The percentage of 25-64 year-olds with tertiary education who studied in the field of business and administration is one of the lowest among OECD countries and partner economies with available data. (12.6 %, rank 12/16 , 2018) Download Indicator

    The percentage of 25-64 year-olds with tertiary education who studied in the field of law is one of the lowest among OECD countries and partner economies with available data. (2.7 %, rank 13/14 , 2018) Download Indicator

    The percentage of 25-64 year-olds with tertiary education who studied in the field of business, administration and law is one of the lowest among OECD countries and partner economies with available data. (15.3 %, rank 30/32 , 2018) Download Indicator

    The percentage of 25-64 year-olds with tertiary education who studied in the field of natural sciences, mathematics and statistics is one of the highest among OECD countries and partner economies with available data. (6.6 %, rank 3/32 , 2018) Download Indicator

    The percentage of 25-64 year-olds with tertiary education who studied in the field of information and communication technologies is one of the lowest among OECD countries and partner economies with available data. (3 %, rank 27/32 , 2018) Download Indicator

    The percentage of 25-64 year-olds with tertiary education who studied in the field of engineering, manufacturing and construction is one of the lowest among OECD countries and partner economies with available data. (12.9 %, rank 25/32 , 2018) Download Indicator

    The percentage of 25-64 year-olds with tertiary education who studied in the field of health (medical and dental) is one of the highest among OECD countries and partner economies with available data. (3.3 %, rank 10/14 , 2018) Download Indicator

    Participation in education

    The proportion of 25-64 years-old adults with below upper secondary education participating in formal education is high in Norway. (10.5 %, rank 4/24 , 2016) Download Indicator

    The proportion of 25-64 years-old adults with tertiary education participating in formal education is high in Norway. (17 %, rank 10/36 , 2016) Download Indicator

    Among adults (25-64 years-old) with below upper secondary education, a high proportion participate in non-formal education. (35.2 %, rank 5/33 , 2016) Download Indicator

    Among adults (25-64 years-old) with tertiary education, a high participate in non-formal education. (68.8 %, rank 10/36 , 2016) Download Indicator

    Participation rate of 25-64 year-olds in job-related non-formal education sponsored by the employer is high in Norway, compared to other countries with available data. (85.2 %, rank 1/34 , 2016) Download Indicator

    Participation rate of 25-64 year-olds in job-related non-formal education not sponsored by the employer is low in Norway, compared to other countries with available data. (4.1 %, rank 33/34 , 2016) Download Indicator

    Participation rate of 25-64 year-olds in not job-related non-formal education is low in Norway, compared to other countries with available data. (5.7 %, rank 33/34 , 2016) Download Indicator

    The share of 25-64 year-old women participating in job-related non-formal education not sponsored by the employer is small. (4.2 %, rank 33/34 , 2016) Download Indicator

    The share of 25-64 year-old women participating in not job-related non-formal education is small. (6.3 %, rank 33/34 , 2016) Download Indicator

    In Norway, a low proportion of 25-64 year-old men participate in job-related non-formal education not sponsored by the employer. (4 %, rank 31/34 , 2016) Download Indicator

    In Norway, a low proportion of 25-64 year-old men participate in not job-related non-formal education. (5.1 %, rank 33/34 , 2016) Download Indicator

    The percentage of three-year-olds in early childhood education in Norway is one of the highest among OECD and partner countries with available data. (95.9 %, rank 9/40 , 2017) Download Indicator

    The enrolment rate of 40-64 year-olds in Norway is one of the highest among OECD and partner countries with available data. (2.5 %, rank 9/39 , 2017) Download Indicator

    In Norway, the share of part-time students in bachelor's programmes is relatively large. (35 %, rank 4/30 , 2017) Download Indicator

    The share of part-time students in doctoral programmes in Norway is relatively large. (99.9 %, rank 2/29 , 2017) Download Indicator

    In Norway, the proportion of new female entrants into master's long first degree (LFD) programmes is relatively low. (56.3 %, rank 16/24 , 2017) Download Indicator

    Graduation expectancy

    The percentage of today's young people expected to graduate from post-secondary non-tertiary education during their lifetime is one of the lowest among countries with available data. (4.4 %, rank 17/22 , 2017) Download Indicator

    Excluding mobile students, Norway has one of the highest percentages of young people expected to complete a doctorate or an equivalent education during their lifetime. (1.5 %, rank 8/29 , 2017) Download Indicator

    Graduation by gender

    In Norway, the share of female doctoral graduates in the field of Natural sciences, mathematics and statistics is relatively low. (40.8 %, rank 35/43 , 2017) Download Indicator

    The share of female graduates among post-secondary non-tertiary graduates from vocational programmes in Norway is relatively high. (65.9 %, rank 3/25 , 2017) Download Indicator

    Graduation by field of education

    The percentage of tertiary graduates in the field of business, administration and law is one of the lowest among OECD and partner countries with available data. (18.6 %, rank 41/44 , 2017) Download Indicator

    The percentage of tertiary graduates in the field of health and welfare is one of the highest among OECD and partner countries with available data. (19.3 %, rank 7/44 , 2017) Download Indicator

    The share of doctoral graduates in the field of business, administration and law in Norway is relatively small. (4 %, rank 40/45 , 2017) Download Indicator

    The share of doctoral graduates in the field of engineering, manufacturing and construction in Norway is relatively small. (9.8 %, rank 36/45 , 2017) Download Indicator

    In Norway, the proportion of upper secondary vocational graduates in the field of business, aministration and law is one of the lowest among OECD and partner countries with available data. (6.9 %, rank 31/33 , 2017) Download Indicator

    In Norway, the percentage of post-secondary non-tertiary vocational graduates in the field of engineering, manufacturing and construction is relatively low. (5.4 %, rank 21/25 , 2017) Download Indicator

    Fields of education

    In Norway, the percentage of new entrants to tertiary education in the field of business, administration and law is relatively low. (17.6 %, rank 32/35 , 2017) Download Indicator

    The share of female who enter tertiary education in the field of social sciences, journalism and information is one of the smallest among OECD and partner countries with available data. (61.2 %, rank 31/34 , 2017) Download Indicator

    In Norway, the share of female among new entrants to doctoral programmes enrolled in the field of natural sciences, mathematics and statistics is relatively small. (40.1 %, rank 29/34 , 2017) Download Indicator

    The share of female among new entrants to doctoral programmes enrolled in the field of engineering, manufacturing and construction in Norway is relatively small. (21.1 %, rank 31/34 , 2017) Download Indicator

    In Norway,the share of male among new entrants to doctoral programmes enrolled in the field of education is relatively small. (18.3 %, rank 29/33 , 2017) Download Indicator

    In Norway, the share of male among new entrants to doctoral programmes enrolled in the field of information and communication technologies is relatively small. (71.9 %, rank 27/32 , 2017) Download Indicator

    Student mobility

    In Norway, international students from North America are most represented among all international students, compared to other OECD and partner countries with available data. (3.5 %, rank 10/45 , 2017) Download Indicator

    In Norway, international students from Oceania are most represented among all international students, compared to other OECD and partner countries with available data. (0.6 %, rank 8/45 , 2017) Download Indicator

    In Norway, international students from Africa are highest represented among all international students, compared to other OECD and partner countries with available data. (11.3 %, rank 10/45 , 2017) Download Indicator

    In Norway, the proportion of new international entrants into master's long first degreee (LFD) programmes is relatively low. (1.8 %, rank 17/20 , 2017) Download Indicator

    Student mobility by field of education

    The percentage of international tertiary students enrolled in the field of arts and humanities in Norway is relatively high. (18.9 %, rank 7/37 , 2017) Download Indicator

    The percentage of international tertiary students enrolled in the field of business, administration and law in Norway is relatively low. (12.7 %, rank 31/36 , 2017) Download Indicator

    The percentage of international tertairy students enrolled in the field of natural sciences, mathematics and statistics in Norway is relatively high. (16.2 %, rank 3/37 , 2017) Download Indicator

    In Norway, the share of international and foreign students among all students in the field of business, administration and law is one of the smallest among OECD and partner countries with avaialble data. (2.1 %, rank 32/36 , 2017) Download Indicator

    In Norway, the percentage of international doctoral graduates in the field of education is one of the lowest among OECD and partner countries with available data. (0.2 %, rank 28/33 , 2017) Download Indicator

    In Norway, the percentage of international doctoral graduates in the field of arts and humanities is one of the lowest among OECD and partner countries with available data. (4.4 %, rank 31/33 , 2017) Download Indicator

    In Norway, the percentage of international doctoral graduates in the field of social sciences, journalism and information is one of the lowest among OECD and partner countries with available data. (3.7 %, rank 32/33 , 2017) Download Indicator

    Organisation of the education system

    In Norway, total intended instruction time for lower secondary students is among the shortest compared to other countries with available data. (2622 Hours, rank 24/29 , 2019) Download Indicator

    Expenditure per student

    Annual expenditure per tertiary student is one of the highest among OECD and partner countries with available data. (21993 USD Equivalent, rank 6/35 , 2016) Download Indicator

    Annual expenditure per student from primary to tertiary level is one of the highest among OECD and partner countries with available data. (15459 USD Equivalent, rank 4/35 , 2016) Download Indicator

    Annual expenditure per pupil at the pre-primary level is one of the highest among OECD and partner countries with available data. (14344 USD Equivalent, rank 3/31 , 2016) Download Indicator

    Annual expenditure per primary student is one of the highest among OECD and partner countries with available data. (12619 USD Equivalent, rank 2/35 , 2016) Download Indicator

    Annual expenditure per secondary student is one of the highest among OECD and partner countries with available data. (14860 USD Equivalent, rank 3/35 , 2016) Download Indicator

    Annual expenditure per student for core and ancillary services, from primary to below-tertiary institutions is one of the highest among OECD and partner countries with available data. (13758 USD Equivalent, rank 3/35 , 2016) Download Indicator

    Annual expenditure per tertiary student is one of the highest among OECD and partner countries with available data. (14050 USD Equivalent, rank 5/32 , 2016) Download Indicator

    In Norway, the total expenditure on educational institutions per full-time equivalent student in primary, secondary and post-secondary non-tertiary, is relatively high. (13758 USD Equivalent, rank 3/35 , 2016) Download Indicator

    Expenditure in education and national wealth

    In Norway, expenditure on primary through tertiary educational institutions as a percentage of GDP is one of the highest among OECD countries and partner economies. (6.5 %, rank 1/35 , 2016) Download Indicator

    In Norway, expenditure on tertiary educational institutions as a percentage of GDP is comparatively high. (1.9 %, rank 4/35 , 2016) Download Indicator

    In Norway, private expenditure on educational institutions as a percentage of GDP on primary, secondary and post-secondary non-tertiary education from final source of funds is relatively low. (0 %, rank 33/34 , 2016) Download Indicator

    In Norway, private expenditure on educational institutions as a percentage of GDP on tertiary education from final source of funds is relatively low. (0.1 %, rank 30/35 , 2016) Download Indicator

    In Norway, public expenditure on educational institutions as a percentage of GDP on primary to tertiary education from final source of funds is relatively high. (6.3 %, rank 1/39 , 2016) Download Indicator

    In Norway, private expenditure on educational institutions as a percentage of GDP on primary to tertiary education from final source of funds is relatively low. (0.1 %, rank 33/35 , 2016) Download Indicator

    Public and private expenditure in education

    The share of private expenditure on all levels below tertiary education is one of the smallest among OECD and partner countries with available data. (0.5 %, rank 34/34 , 2016) Download Indicator

    The share of private expenditure on tertiary education is one of the smallest among OECD and partner countries with available data. (5.9 %, rank 34/35 , 2016) Download Indicator

    Norway has one of the smallest shares of private expenditure on primary through tertiary educational institutions among OECD countries and partner economies with available data. (2.1 %, rank 34/35 , 2016) Download Indicator

    The share of public expenditure on educational institutions, for tertiary education is comparatively large . (93.1 %, rank 2/35 , 2016) Download Indicator

    In Norway, the share of public expenditure on educational institutions, for primary to tertiary education is comparatively large . (97.6 %, rank 1/35 , 2016) Download Indicator

    Change in total public expenditure, for primary to tertiary education, as a percentage of total government expenditure between 2010 and 2016 in Norway is one of the lowest among OECD and partner countries with available data. (90 Index, rank 25/29 , 2016) Download Indicator

    Tuition fees

    The estimated average annual tuition fee for national students in independent private institutions for a bachelor's or equivalent level education is one of the highest among OECD and partner countries with available data. (5680 USD Equivalent, rank 10/15 , 2017) Download Indicator

    The estimated average annual tuition fee for national students in government-dependent private institutions for a bachelor's or equivalent level education is one of the highest among OECD and partner countries with available data. (1003 USD Equivalent, rank 5/9 , 2017) Download Indicator

    In Norway, the percentage of students who do not benefit from public/government-guaranteed private loans or public scholarships/grants is comparatively low. (10 %, rank 12/14 , 2017) Download Indicator

    Ratio of student to teaching staff

    The number of students per teacher in tertiary institutions is one of the lowest among OECD and partner countries with available data. (9 Ratio, rank 30/30 , 2016) Download Indicator

    The number of students per teacher in primary schools is one of the lowest among OECD countries and partner countries with available data. (10.2 Ratio, rank 41/41 , 2016) Download Indicator

    The ratio of students to teaching staff at the lower secondary level is especially low. (9.4 Ratio, rank 31/36 , 2016) Download Indicator

    The number of students per teacher in secondary schools is one of the smallest among OECD and partner countries with available data. (9.8 Ratio, rank 31/38 , 2016) Download Indicator

    The ratio of students to teaching staff in short-cycle tertiary programmes is comparatively low in Norway. (11 Ratio, rank 13/18 , 2016) Download Indicator

    The ratio of students to teaching staff in post-secondary non-tertiary education is comparatively low in Norway. (11.9 Ratio, rank 12/15 , 2016) Download Indicator

    In Norway, the ratio of students to teaching staff in bachelor's and tertiary advanced research programmes is one of the lowest compared to other OECD and partner countries with available data. (8.92 Ratio, rank 23/23 , 2016) Download Indicator

    In Norway, the ratio of children to contact staff in pre-primary education is one of the lowest compared to other OECD and partner countries with available data. (5.7 Ratio, rank 19/21 , 2017) Download Indicator

    Who the teachers are

    The share of women among teaching staff in pre-primary education is one of the smallest among OECD and partner countries with available data. (92 %, rank 37/40 , 2017) Download Indicator

    The share of women among teaching staff in tertiary education is one of the largest among OECD and partner countries with available data. (46.3 %, rank 10/36 , 2017) Download Indicator

    The share of women among teaching staff is one of the smallest among OECD and partner countries with available data. (66 %, rank 23/32 , 2017) Download Indicator

    The percentage of primary to upper secondary teachers younger than 30 is especially high. (14.9 %, rank 7/34 , 2017) Download Indicator

    Teachers' salaries

    The ratio of pre-primary teachers' salaries to earnings of full-time, full-year workers with tertiary education is one of the lowest among OECD and partner countries with available data. (0.68 Ratio, rank 15/24 , 2017) Download Indicator

    The ratio of lower secondary teachers' salaries to earnings of full-time, full-year workers with tertiary education is one of the lowest among OECD and partner countries with available data. (0.76 Ratio, rank 22/27 , 2017) Download Indicator

    The average actual lower secondary teacher's salary among teachers aged between 25-64 is one of the highest per hour of net teaching time among OECD and partner countries with available data. (48820 USD Equivalent, rank 8/28 , 2017) Download Indicator

    The ratio of lower secondary female teachers' salaries to earnings of full-time, full-year women workers with tertiary education is one of the lowest among OECD and partner countries with available data. (0.88 Ratio, rank 19/23 , 2017) Download Indicator

    The ratio of lower secondary male teachers' salaries to earnings of full-time, full-year men workers with tertiary education is one of the lowest among OECD and partner countries with available data. (0.66 Ratio, rank 18/23 , 2017) Download Indicator

    The salaries of 25-34 year-old general lower-secondary teachers relative to earnings for full-time, full-year similarly educated workers with tertiary education is low in Norway. (0.9 Ratio, rank 13/22 , 2017) Download Indicator

    The salaries of 45-54 year-old general lower-secondary teachers relative to earnings for full-time, full-year similarly educated workers with tertiary education is low in Norway. (0.69 Ratio, rank 18/22 , 2017) Download Indicator

    The salaries of 55-64 year-old general lower-secondary teachers relative to earnings for full-time, full-year similarly educated workers with tertiary education is low in Norway. (0.68 Ratio, rank 20/22 , 2017) Download Indicator

    The average actual salaries of 25-34 year-old lower-secondary teachers is one of the highest in Norway relatively compared to OECD and partner countries with available data. (44861 USD Equivalent, rank 6/23 , 2017) Download Indicator

    Teachers' salaries progression

    The salary progression from the start to the top of the salary scale for a lower secondary school teacher is among the least rewarding among OECD and partner countries with available data. (1.18 Ratio, rank 31/34 , 2018) Download Indicator

    The ratio of primary teachers' salaries at the top of scale to their starting salary is one of the lowest among OECD and partner countries with available data. (1.18 Ratio, rank 31/34 , 2018) Download Indicator

    The ratio of upper secondary teachers' salaries at the top of scale to their starting salary is one of the lowest among OECD and partner countries with available data. (1.22 Ratio, rank 33/34 , 2018) Download Indicator

    It takes lower secondary teachers less time to progress through the salary scale in Norway compared to other OECD and partner countries. (16 Years, rank 19/25 , 2018) Download Indicator

    In pre-primary education, the salary ratio of teachers with maximum qualifications at the top of the salary scale to those with minimum training and starting salaries is relatively low. (1.21 Ratio, rank 23/28 , 2017) Download Indicator

    Principals' salaries

    Pre-primary school heads' salaries relative to earnings for full-time, full-year similarly educated workers with tertiary education is low in Norway. (0.81 Ratio, rank 17/18 , 2017) Download Indicator

    Primary school heads' salaries relative to earnings for full-time, full-year similarly educated workers with tertiary education is low in Norway. (1.01 Ratio, rank 19/22 , 2017) Download Indicator

    Lower-secondary school heads' salaries relative to earnings for full-time, full-year similarly educated workers with tertiary education is low in Norway. (1.01 Ratio, rank 20/22 , 2017) Download Indicator

    Unemployment and educational attainment

    The unemployment rate among 25-64 year-olds with a bachelor's or equivalent tertiary education degree is one of the lowest of all OECD countries and partner economies for which data are available. (1.3 %, rank 44/44 , 2018) Download Indicator

    Earnings and educational attainment

    The proportion of male full-time earners among all earners aged 35 to 44 without upper secondary education is comparatively low. (45.2 %, rank 25/29 , 2016) Download Indicator

    The difference in earnings between 25-64 year-old men with tertiary education and those with upper secondary education is quite low. (127 Index, rank 37/37 , 2016) Download Indicator

    The difference in earnings between 25-64 year-old women with tertiary education and those with upper secondary education is quite low. (122 Index, rank 36/37 , 2016) Download Indicator

    The proportional difference in earnings between 25-64 year-old adults with tertiary education and those with upper secondary or post-secondary non-tertiary education is quite low. (119 Index, rank 37/37 , 2016) Download Indicator

    Earnings of women as a percentage of men's earnings (among 25-64 year-olds without an upper secondary education with income from employment) are one of the highest among countries with available data. (82.3 %, rank 10/37 , 2016) Download Indicator

    Compared with other OECD and partner countries, the proportional difference in earnings between 25-64 year-old adults with a bachelor's or equivalent degree and those with upper secondary or post-secondary non-tertiary education is low. (107 Index, rank 33/34 , 2016) Download Indicator

    Compared with other OECD and partner countries, the proportional difference in earnings between 25-64 year-old adults with a master's, doctoral or equivalent degree and those with upper secondary or post-secondary non-tertiary education is low. (136 Index, rank 33/34 , 2016) Download Indicator

    The gap in average earnings between 25-64 year-old women with a bachelor's or equivalent degree and those with upper secondary or post-secondary non-tertiary education is one of the lowest among OECD and partner countries with available data. (113 Index, rank 33/34 , 2016) Download Indicator

    The gap in average earnings between 25-64 year-old women with a master's, doctoral or equivalent degree and those with upper secondary or post-secondary non-tertiary education is one of the lowest among OECD and partner countries with available data. (139 Index, rank 33/34 , 2016) Download Indicator

    In Norway, the proportional difference in earnings between 25-64 year-old men with a bachelor's or equivalent degree and those with upper secondary or post-secondary non-tertiary education is low. (118 Index, rank 32/34 , 2016) Download Indicator

    In Norway, the proportional difference in earnings between 25-64 year-old men with a master's, doctoral or equivalent degree and those with upper secondary or post-secondary non-tertiary education is low. (142 Index, rank 33/34 , 2016) Download Indicator

    Earnings of 25-64 year-old full and part-time workers with tertiary education are comparatively low. (126 Index, rank 36/37 , 2016) Download Indicator

    Earnings of 25-64 year-old full- and part-time workers with a Bachelor's or equivalent education are comparatively low. (113 Index, rank 30/33 , 2016) Download Indicator

    Earnings of 25-64 year-old full- and part-time workers with a Master's, doctoral or equivalent education degree are comparatively low. (155 Index, rank 28/33 , 2016) Download Indicator

    Earnings by field of education

    Earnings of tertiary-educated adults who studied in the field of arts and humanities, social sciences, journalism and information are high, compared to earnings of all tertiary-educated adults in Norway. (74.7 %, rank 8/14 , 2017) Download Indicator

    Earnings of tertiary-educated adults who studied in the field of business, administration and law are high, compared to earnings of all tertiary-educated adults in Norway. (115.7 %, rank 4/15 , 2017) Download Indicator

    Earnings of tertiary-educated adults who studied in the field of natural sciences, mathematics and statistics are high, compared to earnings of all tertiary-educated adults in Norway. (109 %, rank 6/14 , 2017) Download Indicator

    Earnings of tertiary-educated adults who studied in the field of engineering, manufacturing and construction are high, compared to earnings of all tertiary-educated adults in Norway. (124.1 %, rank 4/15 , 2017) Download Indicator

    Neither in education nor employed

    The proportion of 15-19 year-olds who are neither employed nor in education or training is comparatively small in Norway. (2.5 %, rank 37/40 , 2018) Download Indicator

    The percentage of 15-19 years-old men neither employed nor in education or training is one of the lowest among OECD countries and partner economies with available data. (2.7 %, rank 37/39 , 2018) Download Indicator

    The percentage of 15-19 years-old women neither employed nor in education or training is one of the lowest among OECD countries and partner economies with available data. (2.4 %, rank 36/40 , 2018) Download Indicator

    The percentage of 20-24 years-old women neither employed nor in education or training is one of the lowest among OECD countries and partner economies with available data. (8.9 %, rank 37/40 , 2018) Download Indicator

    The percentage of 25-29 years-old women neither employed nor in education or training is one of the lowest among OECD countries and partner economies with available data. (14 %, rank 35/40 , 2018) Download Indicator

    Migrant background

    Earnings of foreign-born aged between 25 and 64 who work full-time full-year without upper secondary education are low compared to those of native-born workers with the same characteristics (81 Index, rank 15/19 , 2016) Download Indicator

    Earnings of foreign-born aged between 25 and 64 who work full- and part-time with tertiary education are low compared to those of native-born with the same characteristics. (84 Index, rank 14/21 , 2016) Download Indicator

    Social outcomes

    In Norway, a large share of adults (25-64 years-old) with below upper secondary education participated in formal voluntary activities in the 12 months prior to the survey. (30.7 %, rank 4/28 , 2015) Download Indicator

    In Norway, a large share of adults (25-64 years-old) with tertiary education participated in formal voluntary activities in the 12 months prior to the survey. (58.6 %, rank 1/29 , 2015) Download Indicator

    Among 25-64 years-old adults with below upper secondary education, a high proportion have someone to ask for moral, material or financial help. (93.4 %, rank 10/29 , 2015) Download Indicator

    Among 25-64 years-old adults with tertiary education, a high proportion have someone to ask for moral, material or financial help. (98.9 %, rank 3/29 , 2015) Download Indicator

    Compared to other countries with available data, the percentage of adults (25-64 years old) with below upper secondary education who actively participate in social media on a daily basis is high in Norway. (48.4 %, rank 2/29 , 2015) Download Indicator

    Compared to other countries with available data, the percentage of adults (25-64 years old) with tertiary education who actively participate in social media on a daily basis is high in Norway. (48.9 %, rank 4/29 , 2015) Download Indicator

    Among employed adults (25-64 years-old) with below upper secondary education, a small share have difficulties to fulfill their family responsabilities because of their jobs, compared to other countries with available data. (39 %, rank 14/18 , 2015) Download Indicator

    Among employed adults (25-64 years-old) with upper secondary or post-secondary non-tertiary education, a small share have difficulties to fulfill their family responsabilities because of their jobs, compared to other countries with available data. (38.6 %, rank 27/32 , 2015) Download Indicator

    The proportion of employed adults (25-64 years-old) with below upper secondary education who have concentration difficulties at work because of family responsabilities is low in Norway. (15.6 %, rank 17/18 , 2015) Download Indicator

    The proportion of employed adults (25-64 years-old) with upper secondary or post-secondary non-tertiary education who have concentration difficulties at work because of family responsabilities is low in Norway. (18.8 %, rank 29/32 , 2015) Download Indicator

    Weekly working hours among employed 25-64 year-olds with below upper secondary education are short in Norway compared to other OECD countries. (34.7 Hours/week, rank 24/28 , 2015) Download Indicator

    Weekly working hours among employed 25-64 year-olds with upper secondary or post-secondary non-tertiary education are short in Norway compared to other OECD countries. (36.1 Hours/week, rank 25/28 , 2015) Download Indicator

    Weekly working hours among employed 25-64 year-olds with tertiary education are short in Norway compared to other OECD countries. (38.1 Hours/week, rank 22/28 , 2015) Download Indicator

    Among employed 25-64 year-olds with below upper secondary education, a large share have high flexibility of working hours. (28.1 %, rank 9/28 , 2015) Download Indicator

    Among employed 25-64 year-olds with tertiary education, a large share have high flexibility of working hours. (38.1 %, rank 9/28 , 2015) Download Indicator


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    General findings
    • In 2018, 44% of 25-34 year-olds held a tertiary degree, compared to 35% in 2008, on average across OECD countries.
    • Tertiary-educated adults also reap higher earnings, although this varies by field of study. Their advantage increases with age too: 25-34 year-olds with tertiary education earn 38% more than their peers with upper secondary education while 45-54 year-olds earn 70% more.
    • While engineering, manufacturing and construction, and information and communication technologies are two fields most commonly associated with the best labour market outcomes, only 14% of graduates earned a degree in the former and 4% earned a degree in the latter in 2017.
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    • Although graduation from upper secondary education increased by 6 percentage points between 2005 and 2017, 15% of 25-34 year-olds did not attain upper secondary education in 2018, on average across OECD countries.
    • In some countries, vocational programmes are prominent at the upper secondary level. On average across OECD countries, 40% of first-time upper secondary graduates earned a vocational qualification in 2017; in Austria, the Czech Republic, the Slovak Republic and Slovenia, more than 66% of this population did.
    • At the lower secondary level, the average class shrank by 6% while teachers' statutory salaries increased by 8% between 2005 and 2017, on average across OECD countries.
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    • In 2017, more than one in three children under the age of three were enrolled in early childhood education and care services, on average across OECD countries - an increase of 7 percentage points compared to 2010.
    • Between the age of 3 to 5, on average across OECD countries, 87% of children are enrolled in pre-primary and primary education.
    • Annual expenditure per child in early childhood development programmes was greater than in pre-primary education in 2016 on average across OECD countries. However, as a share of GDP, expenditure on early childhood development is lower.
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    • In 2016, expenditure per tertiary student amounted to USD 15 556, approximately one-third of which was devoted to research and development.
    • Private sources financed more than 30% of the expenditure, on average, at the tertiary level compared to 10% at primary, secondary and post-secondary non-tertiary level.
    • OECD countries spent an average of 3.5% of GDP on primary, secondary and post-secondary non-tertiary institutions in 2016, and public expenditure at this level increased by 18% since 2005.
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    • About 10% of primary and secondary teachers are under the age of 30, on average across OECD countries.
    • While the teaching profession is dominated by women, the share of female teachers decreases with the level of education taught: almost all teachers at the pre-primary level are women, however they make up less than half of the teaching force at tertiary level.
    • Salaries tend to increase with the level of education taught, but teachers' earnings remain between 78% and 93% of the earnings of other tertiary-educated adults.
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    Note: These values should be interpreted with care since they are influenced by countries' specific contexts and trade-offs. In education, there is often no simple most- or least-efficient model. For instance, the share of private expenditure in education must be read against other measures designed to mitigate inequities, such as loans and grants; longer learning time is an opportunity to convey more and better content to students, but may hinder investments in other important areas. If you want further information on the nature of different variables, please take the time to read the analysis and contextual information, available at the website for each publication.
    All rankings for individual variables are compiled on the basis of OECD and G20 countries for which data are available. The OECD average includes only OECD countries which are listed here: http://www.oecd.org/about/membersandpartners/

    *TALIS averages are based on all countries participating in the TALIS survey, including partner countries and economies. This explains the difference between the OECD average and the TALIS average. Data from the TALIS survey and Education at a Glance (EAG) may differ. See Annex E of the TALIS technical report and Annex 3 of EAG 2019 for more details about the data collections.

    B-S-J-Z (China) refers to the four PISA-participating provinces/municipalities of the People's Republic of China: Beijing, Shanghai, Jiangsu and Zhejiang.

    For additional notes, please refer to annexes in the list of links below the introductory country profile text.