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Portugal: more than 44% of the population has a higher education diploma


More and more young Portuguese residents are pursuing their university careers, with this figure reaching 44% in 2021, official authority reveals.

Specifically, 44% of Portugal’s resident population aged 30-34 hold a higher education degree, exceeding the 40% target set by the Europe 2020 Strategy by 4%, according to SchengenVisaInfo.com .

The Europe 2020 strategy is a plan endorsed by the European Commission that aims to increase adequacy, inclusiveness and growth across all 27 countries. Concretely, the targets that all Member States should have reached by 2020 included the requirement that at least 40% of the young generation should have a higher education qualification, among 75% of the employed population.

The rate of the population aged 30 to 34 with a higher education degree reaches 44% in 2021, an increase of 4% compared to 2020 and 20% since 2010. In addition, the unemployment rate of graduates in Portugal fell to its minimum value. by 5.3 percent.

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Specifically, data from Statistics Portugal (INE) shows an enrollment rate of 42% in the last quarter of 2021, corresponding to an average annual enrollment rate of 44% for the year 2021. In addition, the figure shows a growth by 12%. percentage points compared to 2015 and 20 percentage points compared to 2010.

In addition, INE data shows that the employed population with higher education in the country jumped by 13% between 2020 and 2021, counting 200,000 more graduates, increasing the number of workers with higher education. from 1.45 to 1.65 million.

In general, the higher education rate of the working population in Portugal has increased to 34%, which is equivalent to nine percentage points compared to 2015. Moreover, it shows an increase of 520,000 graduates employed between 2015 and 2021 rate of 5.3% is lower than the national average of 6.6%.

Furthermore, the publication shows that the Lisbon metropolitan area has the most educated and most employed population rates in the last quarter of 2021. Specifically, Lison tops the list with 44% of the working population having higher education. who live there, followed by the Center (32%), the North and Algarve region (31%), the autonomous region of Madeira (27%), the Alentejo (26%) and the autonomous region of the Azores (22%).

In addition, data from the North region shows an increase of ten percentage points followed by the Algarve with nine percentage points compared to the corresponding period in 2015.