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Population and social statistics
2013-03-29

Population by educational attainment and command of languages

Statistics Lithuania informs that, based on the data of the 2011 Population and Housing Census of the Republic of Lithuania, on 1 March 2011, each fifth resident of Lithuania had higher education, each third – had a command of two non-mother tongues.
During the census, residents aged 10 and older were asked about the highest level of education attained, all residents – about a command of non-mother tongues.

Over the last decade, the educational level of the Lithuanian population was rapidly growing. In 2011, there were 212 residents having higher education per 1000 population aged 10 and older (according to the 2001 census data, 126), 169 (in 2001, 193) – having post-secondary tertiary and special secondary, 306 (in 2001, 272) – having secondary education.

Most residents having higher education live in urban areas. Over the last decade, the educational level of the rural population was growing faster: over the decade, the number of inhabitants of rural areas having higher education grew 2.2 times, that of inhabitants of urban areas having higher education – 1.6 times.

In 2011, 23.7 per cent of women and 18.3 per cent of men had higher (in 2001, 13.5 and 11.5 per cent respectively), 18.6 per cent of women and 15 per cent of men – post-secondary tertiary and special secondary (in 2001, 20.9 and 17.5 per cent) education. The proportion of men having secondary, basic and primary education (65.2 per cent) was larger than that of women (55.9 per cent).

The largest proportion (22.8 per cent) among those having higher education was made up of residents aged 20–29, among those having post-secondary tertiary and special secondary education (28.6 per cent) – residents aged 50–59. 126.9 thousand residents aged 20–39 (64.3 per cent of men and 35.7 per cent of women) had basic and primary education.

During the 2011 census, 4.9 thousand illiterate residents were registered, which makes up 0.2 per cent of all residents aged 10 and older (in 2001, 10.3 thousand, or 0.3 per cent). The major part of illiterate people – 60.6 per cent – lived in rural areas. Men and women accounted for similar proportions – 50.6 and 49.4 per cent of all illiterate residents respectively.

In 2011, 78.5 per cent of the population had a command of one or more non-mother tongues (in 2001, 70.6 per cent). 41.6 per cent of the population had a command of one (in 2001, 39.6 per cent), 29 per cent (25.1 per cent) – two, 6.6 per cent (5 per cent) – three, 1.3 per cent (0.8 per cent) – four and more non-mother tongues. 80.8 per cent of the urban and 73.8 per cent of the rural population had a command of at least one non-mother tongue. 15.4 per cent of the population aged 25–29 had a command of three, 3.6 per cent – four and more non-mother tongues.

Compared to 2001, the proportion of residents having a command of the English language increased (from 16.9 to 30.4 per cent). 63 cent of the population had a command of the Russian, 8.5 per cent – Polish, 8.3 per cent – German language. English and German remained the most popular non-mother tongues among young people: almost half of the residents having a command of English were aged 15–29, while each third resident having a command of German was aged 20–34. Each third resident having a command of Russian was aged 40–54.

More detailed information on educational attainment and command of languages by county and municipality is available on the website of Statistics Lithuania, Population and housing census section.

Other results of the 2011 Population and Housing Census of the Republic of Lithuania will be published on the dates established in the Census Results Dissemination Plan.



Contact info :

Contact:
Vanda Vaitekūnienė
Head, Population Census and Survey
Organisation Division
Tel. (+370 5) 236 4921
Email vanda.vaitekuniene@stat.gov.lt

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