At the beginning of 2019, 39.3 % of all population aged 25–34 had higher education. This is age group with the largest share of persons having attained higher education. The older the person is, the lower is share of persons having attained higher education. In age group 35–44 years share of persons having attained higher education comprised 38.6 %, in age group 45–54 years – 31.8 %, in age group 55–64 years – 29.5 %, in age group 65–74 years – 25.9 %, and in age group 75 years and more – only 20.2 % of the population.
Resident population of Latvia by age groups and highest educational level attained
(as per cent)
Share of persons having attained higher education continues to increase
During the last 60 years the share of population aged 25–34 years having attained higher education has risen by 34 percentage points. Population and Housing Census 1959 showed that only 5.3 % of population in this age group had higher education. The share of persons in age group 25–34 years having attained higher education from 1959 to 2000 has gradually increased to 16.5 %, but after 2000 there was a rapid growth to 35.5 % in the number of persons having attained higher education in 2011. At the beginning of 2019, 39.3 % of population aged 25–34 had higher education.
Share of population having attained higher education in age group 25–34 years* according to the data of previous Population and Housing Census** and at the beginning of 2019
(as per cent)
*In 1959 and 1970 – present residents, in other years – usually residents
**In 1989 Population and Housing Census also took place, however, data on education among 25-34 years old population was not published
The highest share of young people with higher education in Riga and Pierīga
Comparing regions of Latvia, population of Riga aged 25–34 has the largest share of persons having attained higher education (48.2 %), which is followed by Pierīga population (40.3 %). In seven Pierīga municipalities every second person in this age group has higher education – 57.7 % in Mārupe municipality, 52.2 % in Ādaži municipality, 52.1 % in Babīte municipality, 50.8 % in Garkalne municipality, 50 % in Ķekava municipality, 48.9 % in Ikšķile municipality and 48.3 % in Carnikava municipality. In Latgale, Kurzeme, Vidzeme and Zemgale share of persons having attained higher education is 34.5 %, 31.6 %, 31.3 % and 30.4 %, respectively.
Since Population and Housing Census 2011 the share of population having attained higher education in Vidzeme has increased by 6.5 percentage points (from 24.8 % in 2011 to 31.3 % in 2019), but in Latgale – by 5.4 percentage points (from 29.1 % to 34.5 %). In other regions growth is 4.7 percentage points in Kurzeme (from 26.9 % to 31.6 %), 3.6 percentage points – in Zemgale (from 26.8 % to 30.4 %), 3.4 percentage points – in Riga (from 44.8 % to 48.2 %), 3 percentage points in Pierīga (from 37.3 % to 40.3 %).
Map with usually resident population of Latvia with higher education, including doctoral degree, aged 18 and more, in 1 km2 grid can be found on Official statistics portal.