Lowest levels of finishing upper secondary education in the EU are in Spain

Lowest levels of finishing upper secondary education in the EU are in Spain.

The lowest levels of finishing upper secondary education in the EU are in Spain, with as many as 50 per cent of some students failing to complete upper secondary in some areas.

The lowest levels of upper secondary educational attainment across the EU were recorded in Ceuta (50 per cent) and the Balearic Islands (65 per cent). Regiao Autonoma dos Açores, in Portugal it is 62 per cent, according to EuroStat.

In 2020, 84 per cent of the EU population aged 20-24 years had at least an upper secondary level of education. This is an increase of seven percentage points compared with 2002 (77 per cent).

The three regions that recorded the highest share of young people aged 20-24 years with at least an upper secondary level of education were all Greek: Thessalia and Ipeiros (both 99 per cent) followed closely by Dytiki Makedonia (98 per cent).

The highest shares of women aged 20-24 years with at least an upper secondary level of education were recorded in Thessalia in Greece (100 per cent), Jadranska Hrvatska in Croatia and Ipeiros in Greece (both 99 per cent). Meanwhile, the highest shares of men were recorded in three Greek regions: Dytiki Makedonia and Ipeiros (both 99 per cent) and Thessalia (98 per cent).


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Deirdre Tynan

Deirdre Tynan is an award-winning journalist who enjoys bringing the best in news reporting to Spain’s largest English-language newspaper, Euro Weekly News. She has previously worked at The Mirror, Ireland on Sunday and for news agencies, media outlets and international organisations in America, Europe and Asia. A huge fan of British politics and newspapers, Deirdre is equally fascinated by the political scene in Madrid and Sevilla. She moved to Spain in 2018 and is based in Jaen.

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