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Educational expenditure (UOE Finance)

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Educational expenditure (UOE Finance)

The purpose of the statistics Expenditure on education is to provide a coherent description of public and private expenditure as well as financing associated with education. At the same time, the statistics can be used to compare the level of expenditure and sources of funding for education internationally, as this is compiled according to an international statistical system for educational expenditures (UOE data collection on formal education).

Statistical presentation

Expenditure on education is an annual overview of public as well as private expenditure on education and its financing calculated in DKK million. The statistics are disseminated in Nyt from Statistics Denmark and Statistics Denmark’s website.

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Statistical processing

The data for the statistics are based on public finances as well as information on the non-public part of expenditure on education, e.g. from accounts of private educational institutions. Public and private accounts are reviewed where relevant expenditure on education is separated. Here they are divided into salary (incl. pension), other current expenses and capital investments. Payments and transfers between the different sectors are consolidated and calculated on the sources of financing.

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There is a great demand for data from a number of international organizations regarding Expenditure on education. In this context, Eurostat is working to expand statistics in this area, including the household expenditure and international sources of funding, and the ERASMUS scheme.

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Accuracy and reliability

Important sources of uncertainty in these statistics include incorrect entries in the primary accounts and the risk of misclassification within the UOE classification. The level of detail in the annual report used in connection with the calculation of the private tertiary education's sources of financing and expenses is subject to a degree of uncertainty due to the low level of detail in the accounts

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Timeliness and punctuality

The statistics are published 23 months after the end of the reference period. The statistics are published without delays in relation to planned release times.

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The statistics are regulated by the EU and are published by Eurostat and the OECD. The statistics are therefore comparable internationally via reports to Eurostat and the OECD, which subsequently publish the figures with the other EU and OECD member countries. The statistics were first published under the auspices of Statistics Denmark in 2020 and data is traced back to 2016. Previously, the Danish Agency for IT and Learning has been responsible for these statistics.

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Accessibility and clarity

The statistics are published in NYT from Statistics Denmark as well as published in StatBank Denmark. In addition, internationally comparable figures for education expenditure are available from Eurostat and the OECD.

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