In Portugal, 32% of the adult population have at least an upper secondary degree. In the Czech Republic, 92% have one.
I have graphed the figures for the European countries in the map below. An interesting pattern emerges with the Northern and the East European countries having the highest percentages. But I wonder to what extent these numbers represents real failures/successes of the secondary educational systems rather than different ways of setting up (and naming) the secondary education levels.
click to enlarge. The link to the map is here.
The Dutch Party for Freedom (PVV) wants fewer foreign students to come to study in the Netherlands. According to Eric Lucassen (PVV) foreign students take the place of Dutch students. The Germans are singled out as the biggest problem. As a former foreign student in the Netherlands and a current teacher at a Dutch institution which prides itself in being a leading international research university my personal position on this issue should be self-evident. However, the problem with foreign students boils down to be the lack of student housing according to the PVV, and I can actually agree that (the lack of) student housing is a problem in some places. Still, the housing shortage is just an unintended side-effect of an otherwise successful edicational policy and any country should be happy to attract students from all over the world. The housing shortage should be addressed but not at the expense of building fences around Dutch universities.