According to figures released by Statistics Netherlands (CBS) in 2016, the Netherlands ranks among the EU top five for highest participation rates in lifelong learning, i.e. enrolment in education or training by people aged 25 to 64. Among survey respondents, those who indicate having received training and education for work or leisure are predominantly the highly educated, people in their late twenties, and those working in financial services, health care and education.

Among Dutch survey respondents aged 25 to 64, nearly 18 percent (equivalent to 1.6 million people) stated they were involved in education or training for either work or personal reasons in 2014. This might be a workshop, Spanish language training or a course in art history, but might also be a complete course in higher education. Ranked higher than the Netherlands for participation in lifelong learning are France and the Scandinavian countries.

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