One of Europe 2020 strategy’s targets is that at least 40% of 30-34-year-olds in the EU should have completed
tertiary education by 2020. This share continued to steadily increase, from 23.6% in 2002 when the series started
to 39.9% in 2017. This growth pattern was even more significant for women (from 24.5% in 2002 to 44.9% in 2017)
than for men (from 22.6% to 34.9%), meaning women being above and men still below the overall Europe 2020
Highest share of those aged 30-34 with tertiary education in Lithuania, lowest in Romania
In 2017, the proportion of those aged 30 to 34 who had completed tertiary education increased compared with
2002 in every Member State for which the time-series is available.
In 2017, at least half of the population aged 30 to 34 had completed tertiary education in Lithuania (58.0%),
Cyprus (55.8%), Ireland (53.5%), Luxembourg (52.7%), as well as Sweden (51.3%). At the opposite end of the
scale, the lowest proportions were observed in Romania (26.3%), Italy (26.9%) and Croatia (28.7%).
Fourteen Member States have already met or exceeded their 2020 national target for this indicator: the Czech
Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Greece, Italy, Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Austria, Poland,
Slovenia, Finland and Sweden.
In 2017, the share of persons aged 30 to 34 who have completed tertiary education is higher for women than men
in all Member States