School life expectancy (SLE) is the total number of years of schooling (primary to tertiary) that a child can expect to receive, assuming that the probability of his or her being enrolled in school at any particular future age is equal to the current enrollment ratio at that age. Caution must be maintained when utilizing this indicator in international comparisons. For example, a year or grade completed in one country is not necessarily the same in terms of educational content or quality as a year or grade completed in another country. SLE represents the expected number of years of schooling that will be completed, including years spent repeating one or more grades.

 
Country
School life expectancy (primary to tertiary education)(years)
Afghanistan total: 8 years
male: 11 years
female: 4 years (2004)
 
Albania total: 11 years
male: 11 years
female: 11 years (2004)
 
Algeria total: 13 years
male: 13 years
female: 13 years (2005)
 
Andorra total: 11 years
male: 11 years
female: 11 years (2006)
 
Anguilla total: 11 years
male: 11 years
female: 11 years (2006)
 
Argentina total: 15 years
male: 14 years
female: 16 years (2005)
 
Armenia total: 11 years
male: 11 years
female: 12 years (2006)
 
Aruba total: 14 years
male: 13 years
female: 14 years (2006)
 
Australia total: 20 years
male: 20 years
female: 21 years (2006)
 
Austria total: 15 years
male: 15 years
female: 16 years (2006)
 
Azerbaijan total: 11 years
male: 11 years
female: 11 years (2006)
 
Bahrain total: 15 years
male: 14 years
female: 16 years (2006)
 
Bangladesh total: 8 years
male: 8 years
female: 8 years (2004)
 
Barbados total: 13 years
male: 13 years
female: 14 years (2001)
 
Belarus total: 15 years
male: 14 years
female: 15 years (2006)
 
Belgium total: 16 years
male: 16 years
female: 16 years (2006)
 
Belize total: 13 years
male: 13 years
female: 13 years (2004)
 
Benin total: 7 years
male: 9 years
female: 6 years (2001)
 
Bermuda total: 13 years
male: 13 years
female: 14 years (2005)
 
Bhutan total: 10 years
male: 11 years
female: 10 years (2006)
 
Botswana total: 12 years
male: 12 years
female: 12 years (2005)
 
Brazil total: 14 years
male: 14 years
female: 15 years (2005)
 
British Virgin Islands total: 17 years
male: 15 years
female: 19 years (2005)
 
Brunei total: 14 years
male: 14 years
female: 14 years (2006)
 
Bulgaria total: 14 years
male: 13 years
female: 14 years (2006)
 
Burkina Faso total: 5 years
male: 5 years
female: 4 years (2006)
 
Burma total: 8 years
male: 8 years
female: 8 years (2001)
 
Burundi total: 7 years
male: 8 years
female: 7 years (2006)
 
Cambodia total: 10 years
male: 10 years
female: 9 years (2006)
 
Cameroon total: 9 years
male: 10 years
female: 8 years (2006)
 
Canada total: 17 years
male: 17 years
female: 17 years (2004)
 
Cape Verde total: 12 years
male: 11 years
female: 12 years (2006)
 
Cayman Islands total: 13 years
male: 12 years
female: 13 years (2001)
 
Chad total: 6 years
male: 7 years
female: 4 years (2005)
 
Chile total: 14 years
male: 14 years
female: 14 years (2006)
 
China total: 11 years
male: 11 years
female: 11 years (2006)
 
Colombia total: 12 years
male: 12 years
female: 13 years (2006)
 
Comoros total: 8 years
male: 9 years
female: 7 years (2004)
 
Congo, Democratic Republic of the total: 9 years
male: 10 years
female: 8 years (2003)
 
Congo, Republic of the total: 9 years
male: 10 years
female: 8 years (2003)
 
Cook Islands total: 10 years
male: 10 years
female: 10 years (2005)
 
Costa Rica total: 12 years
male: 12 years
female: 12 years (2005)
 
Croatia total: 14 years
male: 13 years
female: 14 years (2006)
 
Cuba total: 16 years
male: 15 years
female: 17 years (2006)
 
Cyprus total: 14 years
male: 13 years
female: 14 years (2006)
 
Czech Republic total: 15 years
male: 15 years
female: 15 years (2006)
 
Denmark total: 17 years
male: 16 years
female: 17 years (2006)
 
Djibouti total: 4 years
male: 5 years
female: 4 years (2006)
 
Dominica total: 13 years
male: 13 years
female: 14 years (2005)
 
Dominican Republic total: 12 years
male: 12 years
female: 13 years (2004)
 
El Salvador total: 12 years
male: 12 years
female: 12 years (2006)
 
Equatorial Guinea total: 10 years
male: 10 years
female: 9 years (2000)
 
Eritrea total: 5 years
male: 6 years
female: 4 years (2004)
 
Estonia total: 16 years
male: 15 years
female: 17 years (2006)
 
Ethiopia total: 8 years
male: 8 years
female: 7 years (2007)
 
Fiji total: 13 years
male: 13 years
female: 13 years (2005)
 
Finland total: 17 years
male: 17 years
female: 18 years (2006)
 
France total: 16 years
male: 16 years
female: 17 years (2006)
 
Gambia, The total: 7 years
male: 7 years
female: 7 years (2004)
 
Gaza Strip total: 14 years
male: 13 years
female: 14 years (2006)
 
Georgia total: 12 years
male: 12 years
female: 13 years (2006)
 
Germany total: 16 years
male: 16 years
female: 16 years (2006)
 
Ghana total: 9 years
male: 10 years
female: 9 years (2007)
 
Greece total: 17 years
male: 17 years
female: 17 years (2006)
 
Grenada total: 12 years
male: 12 years
female: 12 years (2005)
 
Guatemala total: 10 years
male: 11 years
female: 10 years (2006)
 
Guinea total: 8 years
male: 10 years
female: 7 years (2006)
 
Guinea-Bissau total: 5 years
male: 7 years
female: 4 years (2001)
 
Guyana total: 13 years
male: 13 years
female: 14 years (2005)
 
Honduras total: 11 years
male: 11 years
female: 12 years (2004)
 
Hong Kong total: 14 years
male: 14 years
female: 13 years (2006)
 
Hungary total: 15 years
male: 15 years
female: 16 years (2006)
 
Iceland total: 18 years
male: 17 years
female: 19 years (2006)
 
India total: 10 years
male: 11 years
female: 9 years (2005)
 
Indonesia total: 11 years
male: 12 years
female: 11 years (2005)
 
Iran total: 13 years
male: 13 years
female: 13 years (2005)
 
Iraq total: 10 years
male: 11 years
female: 8 years (2005)
 
Ireland total: 18 years
male: 17 years
female: 18 years (2006)
 
Israel total: 15 years
male: 15 years
female: 16 years (2006)
 
Italy total: 16 years
male: 16 years
female: 17 years (2006)
 
Jamaica total: 12 years
male: 11 years
female: 12 years (2003)
 
Japan total: 15 years
male: 15 years
female: 15 years (2006)
 
Jordan total: 13 years
male: 13 years
female: 13 years (2006)
 
Kazakhstan total: 15 years
male: 15 years
female: 16 years (2007)
 
Kenya total: 10 years
male: 10 years
female: 9 years (2004)
 
Kiribati total: 12 years
male: 12 years
female: 13 years (2005)
 
Korea, South total: 17 years
male: 18 years
female: 15 years (2007)
 
Kuwait total: 13 years
male: 12 years
female: 13 years (2006)
 
Kyrgyzstan total: 12 years
male: 12 years
female: 13 years (2006)
 
Laos total: 9 years
male: 10 years
female: 8 years (2006)
 
Latvia total: 16 years
male: 14 years
female: 17 years (2006)
 
Lebanon total: 13 years
male: 13 years
female: 13 years (2006)
 
Lesotho total: 10 years
male: 10 years
female: 10 years (2006)
 
Liberia total: 10 years
male: 11 years
female: 8 years (2000)
 
Libya total: 17 years
male: 16 years
female: 17 years (2003)
 
Liechtenstein total: 15 years
male: 16 years
female: 13 years (2004)
 
Lithuania total: 16 years
male: 15 years
female: 17 years (2006)
 
Luxembourg total: 14 years
male: 13 years
female: 14 years (2006)
 
Macau total: 15 years
male: 16 years
female: 14 years (2006)
 
Macedonia total: 12 years
male: 12 years
female: 12 years (2005)
 
Madagascar total: 9 years
male: 10 years
female: 9 years (2006)
 
Malawi total: 9 years
male: 10 years
female: 9 years (2004)
 
Malaysia total: 13 years
male: 12 years
female: 13 years (2005)
 
Maldives total: 12 years
male: 12 years
female: 12 years (2006)
 
Mali total: 7 years
male: 8 years
female: 5 years (2005)
 
Malta total: 15 years
male: 15 years
female: 15 years (2005)
 
Marshall Islands total: 13 years
male: 13 years
female: 13 years (2003)
 
Mauritania total: 8 years
male: 8 years
female: 8 years (2006)
 
Mauritius total: 14 years
male: 14 years
female: 13 years (2005)
 
Mexico total: 13 years
male: 14 years
female: 13 years (2006)
 
Moldova total: 12 years
male: 12 years
female: 13 years (2006)
 
Mongolia total: 13 years
male: 12 years
female: 14 years (2006)
 
Montserrat total: 16 years
male: 15 years
female: 16 years (2006)
 
Morocco total: 10 years
male: 11 years
female: 9 years (2005)
 
Mozambique total: 8 years
male: 9 years
female: 7 years (2005)
 
Namibia total: 11 years
male: 11 years
female: 11 years (2006)
 
Nauru total: 8 years
male: 8 years
female: 9 years (2006)
 
Nepal total: 9 years
male: 10 years
female: 8 years (2003)
 
Netherlands total: 16 years
male: 17 years
female: 16 years (2006)
 
Netherlands Antilles total: 14 years
male: 14 years
female: 15 years (2002)
 
New Zealand total: 19 years
male: 19 years
female: 20 years (2006)
 
Nicaragua total: 11 years
male: 11 years
female: 11 years (2003)
 
Niger total: 4 years
male: 5 years
female: 3 years (2006)
 
Nigeria total: 8 years
male: 9 years
female: 7 years (2004)
 
Niue total: 12 years
male: 12 years
female: 12 years (2005)
 
Norway total: 17 years
male: 17 years
female: 18 years (2006)
 
Oman total: 12 years
male: 12 years
female: 11 years (2006)
 
Pakistan total: 7 years
male: 7 years
female: 6 years (2006)
 
Palau total: 15 years
male: 14 years
female: 15 years (2000)
 
Panama total: 13 years
male: 13 years
female: 14 years (2006)
 
Paraguay total: 12 years
male: 12 years
female: 12 years (2005)
 
Peru total: 14 years
male: 14 years
female: 14 years (2006)
 
Philippines total: 12 years
male: 11 years
female: 12 years (2006)
 
Poland total: 15 years
male: 15 years
female: 16 years (2006)
 
Portugal total: 15 years
male: 15 years
female: 16 years (2006)
 
Qatar total: 13 years
male: 13 years
female: 14 years (2006)
 
Romania total: 14 years
male: 14 years
female: 14 years (2006)
 
Russia total: 14 years
male: 13 years
female: 14 years (2006)
 
Rwanda total: 9 years
male: 8 years
female: 9 years (2005)
 
Saint Kitts and Nevis total: 12 years
male: 12 years
female: 13 years (2005)
 
Saint Lucia total: 14 years
male: 13 years
female: 14 years (2006)
 
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines total: 12 years
male: 12 years
female: 12 years (2005)
 
Samoa total: 12 years
male: 12 years
female: 12 years (2001)
 
Sao Tome and Principe total: 10 years
male: 10 years
female: 10 years (2006)
 
Seychelles total: 15 years
male: 14 years
female: 15 years (2007)
 
Sierra Leone total: 7 years
male: 8 years
female: 6 years (2001)
 
Slovakia total: 15 years
male: 14 years
female: 15 years (2006)
 
Slovenia total: 17 years
male: 16 years
female: 17 years (2006)
 
Solomon Islands total: 8 years
male: 9 years
female: 8 years (2005)
 
South Africa total: 13 years
male: 13 years
female: 13 years (2004)
 
Spain total: 16 years
male: 16 years
female: 17 years (2006)
 
Suriname total: 12 years
male: 11 years
female: 13 years (2002)
 
Swaziland total: 10 years
male: 10 years
female: 10 years (2005)
 
Sweden total: 16 years
male: 15 years
female: 17 years (2006)
 
Switzerland total: 15 years
male: 15 years
female: 15 years (2006)
 
Tajikistan total: 11 years
male: 12 years
female: 10 years (2006)
 
Thailand total: 14 years
male: 13 years
female: 14 years (2006)
 
Togo total: 9 years
male: 11 years
female: 7 years (2000)
 
Tokelau total: 11 years
male: 10 years
female: 11 years (2004)
 
Tonga total: 13 years
male: 13 years
female: 13 years (2004)
 
Trinidad and Tobago total: 11 years
male: 11 years
female: 11 years (2005)
 
Tunisia total: 14 years
male: 13 years
female: 14 years (2006)
 
Turkey total: 11 years
male: 12 years
female: 11 years (2006)
 
Turks and Caicos Islands total: 11 years
male: 11 years
female: 12 years (2005)
 
Tuvalu total: 11 years
male: 11 years
female: 11 years (2001)
 
Uganda total: 10 years
male: 11 years
female: 10 years (2004)
 
Ukraine total: 14 years
male: 14 years
female: 15 years (2006)
 
United Arab Emirates total: 11 years
male: 11 years
female: 12 years (2003)
 
United Kingdom total: 16 years
male: 16 years
female: 17 years (2006)
 
United States total: 16 years
male: 15 years
female: 16 years (2006)
 
Uruguay total: 15 years
male: 14 years
female: 16 years (2006)
 
Uzbekistan total: 11 years
male: 12 years
female: 11 years (2007)
 
Vanuatu total: 10 years
male: 11 years
female: 10 years (2004)
 
Venezuela total: 12 years
male: 11 years
female: 12 years (2003)
 
Vietnam total: 10 years
male: 11 years
female: 10 years (2000)
 
West Bank total: 14 years
male: 13 years
female: 14 years (2006)
 
Yemen total: 9 years
male: 11 years
female: 7 years (2005)
 
Zambia total: 7 years
male: 7 years
female: 7 years (2000)
 
Zimbabwe total: 9 years
male: 9 years
female: 9 years (2003)

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‚ÄĘ Note: Information for the US and US dependencies was complied from material in the public domain and does not represent Solidary Foundation estimates.

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