Despite significant progress made, improving skills remains one of Portugal’s key challenges for raising growth, living standards and well-being.
The Portuguese economy is gradually recovering from a deep recession thanks to a broad structural reform agenda that has led to rising economic growth, falling unemployment and remarkable progress in export performance.
Portugal has one of the most unequal income distributions in Europe and poverty levels are high. The economic crisis has halted a long-term gradual decline in both inequality and poverty and the number of poor households is rising, with children and youths being particularly affected. Unemployment is one of the principal reasons why household incomes declined.
Portugal has successfully completed a demanding reform and adjustment programme and is starting to see the benefits. Action to promote equity and quality in education and further labour market reforms are now necessary to help the country secure its future prosperity, according to a new OECD report.
Skills and human capital are the bedrock upon which Portugal is building a new bridge to growth.
Skills and human capital are the bedrock upon which Portugal is building a new road to growth. After a challenging period characterised by high levels of unemployment, strong fiscal constraints and accelerated reform, Portugal has successfully completed a demanding adjustment programme and is setting its sights high.
Education at a Glance 2013 - Country notes and key fact tables
Low growth and huge current account deficits have characterised the Portuguese economy over the past decade.
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Despite the expansion of the education system, educational attainment remains a challenge. Only half of 25-34 year-olds in Portugal had attained at least upper secondary education in 2010.
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Education at a Glance 2012: Country Notes - Portugal