Educational level

The educational level of the population continues to increase. In 2021, 42.7% of the economically active population held a tertiary level diploma compared with 21.4% in 1996. Over the same period, the share of persons with upper secondary level education fell to 43.1% (1996: 59.3%) and the share of persons without post-compulsory training (lower secondary level) to 13.6% (1996: 19.3%). The share of women with tertiary-level education and training is increasing sharply. However, the share of persons with tertiary level education was still higher among men (44.6%) than women (40.5%) in 2021. 25.2% of economically active persons of foreign nationality had not completed post-compulsory training (Swiss nationals: 9.2%).

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