The institute, using the latest census data, have produced an interactive map of Croatia showing education levels in each county. Three Croatian counties – Istria, Primorje and Zagreb – stand out with a significantly higher share of highly educated people, and also for their smaller number of less educated people older than the age of 19.
The current 18.4% of highly educated people in the country is unevenly distributed, with some parts of the Lika-Senj, Sibenik-Knin, Split-Dalmatia, Slavonski Brod, Osijek-Baranja and Vukovar-Sirmium County not having a single, with highly educated resident, said Dr. Dunja Potocnik, who worked on the analysis.
“That’s not the only problem facing Croatia. For some time now we have sent the results of the PISA, which periodically tests applied knowledge (“literacy”) in 15-year-olds in OECD countries, and young Croatians are at the bottom of the ladder for reading and mathematical literacy. This situation does not provide good prospects for development so that Croatia can have a comparative advantage over other European countries,” warns Dr Potocnik.