Upper secondary education drop-outs (C)


Drop-outs from upper secondary education total and according to the parents' highest educational attainment. The rates include persons who started the basic course in secondary education for the first time in a given year and who have completed VKII (finishing upper secondary education) or the vocational examinations («fagprøve»), but who have failed one or more subjects and therefore have not achieved educational or vocational skills after five years, as well as students who started that year, but who stopped along the way. The percentage is calculated from the percentage of people who started a basic course in upper secondary education that year. Persons, who after 5 years are still in upper secondary education/high school, are not considered to have dropped out.

A person, who started their upper secondary education in one county, is counted as having completed/dropped out of upper secondary education there, though he or she may have moved.

Basic qualifications are not considered a completed secondary education. Persons who started upper secondary education and end up with a certificate of competence will therefore be considered to have dropped out.

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Full Title

Upper secondary education drop-outs (C)

Identification Number



Name Affiliation Abbreviation Role
Statistics Norway (SSB) SSB

Data Distributor

Name Affiliation Abbreviation
Nasjonalt folkehelseinstitutt FHI


Date: 2019-02-18

Version Responsibility Statement

Statistics on educational attainment and drop-outs, and the correlation between these and health, may be influenced by local conditions, such as the labour market.

On a national level, there is a connection between parental education and drop-out from upper secondary education. In evaluating these figures, it is important to be aware that there are differences in drop-out rates between students of academic subjects and students in vocational training, with higher rates among vocational students.


Geographical level

Norway, Health regions and Counties


Both genders, men and women

Time periods

2010 - 2017

Kind of Data

Statistics based on fewer than 6 cases is hidden for reasons of personal data protection. This criterion concerns the sum of cases in the period for which an average has been constructed. Figures are also hidden when the population group in which the cases originate, is smaller than 10 persons.

If more than 20 per cent of the cases in a time series are hidden due to the abovementioned reasons, the complete time series is hidden to avoid giving a skewed impression.

The complete time series is also hidden if more than 50 per cent of the values in the series are based on 6 or fewer cases.

Frequency of updates



The statistics include Statistics Norway's statistics on the population's level of education and statistics for throughput in secondary education.

The data on throughput are registry data collected from the county intake system VIGO.
The main function of VIGO is managing admissions to the various grades of secondary education and to administrate the right to a secondary education for the citizens of each county. Students at all county schools are registered and monitored in VIGO. In addition, VIGO integrates, through separate intake procedures, data about students at independent schools and state schools with activities covered by the Education Act.

In order to create throughput statistics, it is necessary also to obtain information about the results of secondary education. Here multiple data sources are used. Information on whether a student has passed the course in VIGO is one of these. The major categories of course results are passed, failed, and interrupted. These results are measured at each course level.

For completed VKII, data on completed education from the VIGO intake for pupils, and data on completed professional examinations for vocational students, are collected.
For diploma students data since 2001 are supplemented with information from the National diplomas database (NVB). In addition, the authorization registry for healthcare (HPR) is used to supplement the information about completed training within the health sector.

Data quality

Figures for persons who have not completed upper secondary education may be slightly too high, because some completed educations have not yet been reported (reporting backlog).


The correlations between level of educational attainment, material living conditions and health are well established. Individuals who have not completed upper secondary education are regarded as being exposed to the same risk of adverse living conditions and health problems as those who opted out of continuing their education upon completing compulsory (lower secondary) school.

Related Materials

Public health report: Drop out in upper secondary education (in Norwegian only)

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