Portugal: Over 44% of Population Holds a Higher Education Degree

Officials show that more and more young people in Portugal are pursuing their academic careers, and in 2021 this figure will reach 44 percent.

Specifically, 44 percent of Portugal’s permanent population between the ages of 30 and 34 have higher education, which is four percent higher than the 40 percent of the plan set out in the European Strategy 2020, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.

The European Strategy until 2020 is a plan approved by the European Commission, which intends to increase the suitability, inclusiveness and growth in all 27 bloc countries. Specifically, the goals that all Member States had to achieve by 2020 included the requirement that at least 40 per cent of the younger generation have higher education among the 75 per cent of the working population.

The population aged 30-34 with higher education will reach 44 per cent in 2021, up four per cent from 2020 and 20 per cent from 2010. In addition, the unemployment rate among Portuguese graduates fell to a minimum of 5.3 percent.

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More specifically, data from the Statistical Office of Portugal (INE) show that the level of schooling in the last quarter of 2021 was 42 percent, which corresponds to an average annual school rate of 44 percent in 2021. In addition, the figure shows an increase of 12 percent. percentage points compared to 2015 and 20 percentage points compared to 2010.

In addition, INE data show that the number of people with higher education in the country between 2020 and 2021 increased by 13 percent – including 200,000 more graduates, which increased the number of employees with higher education from 1.45 to 1, 65 million.

In Portugal as a whole, the level of higher education for the employed population rose to 34 percent, which is nine percentage points compared to 2015. Moreover, it shows an increase of 520,000 graduates employed between 2015 and 2021. According to the unemployment rate, the current rate is 5.3 percent lower than the national average of 6.6 percent.

In addition, the publication shows that the Lisbon metropolitan area has the highest level of educated and employed population in the last quarter of 2021. Specifically, Lisan leads the list with 44 percent of the employed population with higher education living there, followed by the Center. region (32 per cent), the Northern Region and the Algarve (31 per cent), the Autonomous Region of Madeira (27 per cent), the Alentejo (26 per cent) and the Autonomous Region of the Azores (22 per cent).

In addition, data from the Northern Region show an increase of ten percentage points, followed by the Algarve with nine percentage points compared to the corresponding time in 2015.

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