Socioeconomic characteristics of population, Slovenia, 1 January 2017

In 2017 the share of population with tertiary education in Slovenia 1.1 percentage points higher than in 2016

On 1 January 2017 there were 30% pensioners among population aged 15 or more. The number of active population increased compared to 2016, and the share of population with tertiary education reached 23%.

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More active persons than a year before

According to the Statistical Office of Slovenia, the number of active persons (i.e. employed and unemployed) decreased by about 11,800 in 2016 and reached 953,664. On 1 January 2017 employed persons represented 89% of all active persons (about 1.4 percentage points more than a year earlier).

In 2016 the number of pension recipients among the population of Slovenia decreased somewhat so on 1 January 2017 there were 534,336 pension recipients in Slovenia. Two thirds (66%) of all inactive population aged 15 or more (i.e. retired persons, pupils and students, and other inactive), were retired. The number of pupils and students decreased by about 3,100. The number of other inactive population decreased by about 6,600.


Better educated

On 1 January 2017 Slovenia had 406,997 residents with tertiary education. The share of population with tertiary education in Slovenia increased by 1.1 percentage points in 2016 which is a little more than in the previous years. This is largely a result of an increased number of graduates in 2016, the deadline to graduate from pre-Bologna higher education study programmes.

In total, there were 431,161 residents aged 15 or more with basic or lower education. The number of population with this level of education decreased, which is the result of young people continuing their education and also of low education among those who died in 2016. Among the population aged 65 or over, there were 42% with basic or lower education on 1 January 2017, while among the population aged 25–49, there were 10% with that level of education.


Better education among the employed, retired women less educated than retired men

Among the employed population, 34% had tertiary education. Among the unemployed population, this share was 20%. The share of those with upper secondary education was similar in both groups, just under 60%. Accordingly, the share of those with basic or lower education was higher among the unemployed: 21% as opposed to 9% among the employed.

More than a third of pension recipients had basic or lower education. Due to a specific age-sex structure of this group (more women live to old age), there were more women with basic or lower education (49%) than men (27%). The smallest gap between sexes among pension recipients was recorded among those with tertiary education, but they were quite few (about 12%) and were mostly less than 75 years old.
Population aged 15 or more by educational attainment and sex, Slovenia, 1 January 2017
TotalMenWomenTotalMenWomen
number%
Total1,757,301866,459890,842100.0100.0100.0
Basic or less431,161174,101257,06024.520.128.9
  no education4,2311,6512,5800.20.20.3
  incomplete basic52,84819,67533,1733.02.33.7
  basic374,082152,775221,30721.317.624.8
Upper secondary919,143522,362396,78152.360.344.5
  short-term vocational upper secondary26,91715,65811,2591.51.81.3
  vocational upper secondary366,376237,352129,02420.827.414.5
  technical, general upper secondary525,850269,352256,49829.931.128.8
Tertiary406,997169,996237,00123.219.626.6
  short-term higher (former), higher vocational92,75941,29851,4615.34.85.8
1st cycle of higher, professional higher (former) etc.97,24837,24959,9995.54.36.7
2nd cycle of higher, professional higher (former) etc.181,99874,115107,88310.48.612.1
  "magisterij" of science (former) etc.22,70110,25912,4421.31.21.4
  doctorate of science12,2917,0755,2160.70.80.6
Source: SURS
Population aged 15 or more by activity status and sex, Slovenia, 1 January 2017
TotalMenWomenTotalMenWomen
number%
Total1,757,301866,459890,842100.0100.0100.0
Active953,664513,949439,71554.359.349.4
  employed851,848463,282388,56648.553.543.6
  unemployed101,81650,66751,1495.85.85.7
Inactive803,637352,510451,12745.740.750.6
  pupils82,21842,84539,3734.74.94.4
  students75,75431,55044,2044.33.65.0
  pension recipients534,336228,371305,96530.426.434.3
  others111,32949,74461,5856.35.76.9
Source: SURS
Detailed data and time series are available in the SI-STAT database.
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