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Italy within the European context

At the European level, the ratio of public spending on education to GDP in 2014 was higher than that recorded in Italy. Denmark showed the highest share, almost 3 points higher than that of Italy.


In the European Union rankings, Italy continued to come fourth from bottom for the number of 25-64-year-olds with low education attainment (the incidence of poorly educated adults was nearly double that of the Eu28), and for early school leavers (14.7 percent against the Eu average of 11.0 percent).

The indicator of adults' participation in education or training showed values slightly lower than the European average, thus ranking Italy in the middle.


The rate of participation of young people aged 15-24 in education and training in 2014 confirmed lower than the European average: it was in line with the European average only for the 17-year-olds. For the 20-24-year-olds, Italy continued to register the lowest values.


Regarding population aged 30-34 with tertiary education, seventeen Eu countries have already achieved the European target of 40 percent set in the Europe 2020 Strategy, while Italy continued to hold the last position.

For young people not in education, employment or training, finally, in 2015 Italy still ranked the first in the list of 28 European countries, despite the reduction registered over the last year, only followed by Greece, and Bulgaria.