Working with statistics

  • 900,000 of Norway’s 4.5 million inhabitants are currently undergoing education. In addition, approximately 1 million people take part annually in adult education activities.
  • The general level of education is high in Norway. According to figures from 2002, 86% of all people between the ages of 25 and 64 have completed more than nine years of schooling, 55% have completed upper secondary schooling, and 31% have completed higher education programmes.
  • More than 600,000 pupils were enrolled in public primary and lower secondary schools for the 2002-03 academic year. In addition, there were 12,000 pupils enrolled in private schools at this level. This represents the largest enrolment in primary and lower secondary schools ever recorded in Norway.
  • A total of 160,000 pupils were enrolled in public upper secondary schools for the 2002-03 academic year. In addition, there were 9,000 pupils enrolled in private schools at this level.
  • At present, there are approximately 200,000 students enrolled at state institutions of higher education, or in programmes receiving government support at private higher education institutions. 
  • Each year, 15,000 Norwegian students receive support from the Norwegian State Educational Loan Fund to pursue their degrees abroad. In addition, some 5,500 Norwegian students receive support to pursue part of an educational degree abroad, or to participate in international student exchange programmes.
  • Total expenditures to education in Norway comprise 6.4% of the gross domestic product, compared to an OECD average of 5.5%.

 

 

Exercise

Explain what the following figures from the statistics above describe:

  • 600,000
  • 9,000
  • 55%
  • 1 million