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More Dutch people are highly educated says OECD

The level of education of the Dutch continues to rise, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) reports. Forty-one percent of Dutch people between the ages of 25 and 34 are educated at a college or university level according to the global study ‘2012 Education at a Glance’. Moreover, the Netherlands is among the countries where students with low educated parents also have good opportunities for higher education.

The report further shows that higher education increases the prospects of a job, even during the economic recession. There is less unemployment among the higher educated population and job security is higher. In the Netherlands, 90 percent of the higher educated population is employed. This is the 6th best ranking among OECD countries. The OECD also reports that, while around the world lower educated people have less work, in the Netherlands they have more work than in most other countries.

Since 2004, the education levels of OECD countries have been continually on the rise. The Netherlands and Denmark have shown the strongest growth.

Source: Dutch government press release (Dutch),

Further information:
2012 Education at a Glance press release,
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