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Press release 23/12/2009


Expenditure on education per inhabitant came to 1,443 Euros in 2007, 14.4% up on 2005

Total expenditure was 3,087 million Euro, which represented 4.6% of the GDP, the same percentage as 2 years earlier.

Total expenditure on education increased from 2,145 million Euros in 2001 to 3,087 million in 2007, which meant annual accumulative growth for that period was 6.3%, according to Eustat data. By inhabitant, growth between 2001 and 2007 was 5.8% per year in accumulative rates. As a percentage of GDP, expenditure on education stod at 4.6% in 2007, the same percentage as in 2005 and 0.3 percentage points lower than the figure for 2001.

This total expenditure of 3,087 million Euros in 2007 can be broken down to 2,915 million Euros of current expenditure and 172 million on gross capital formation. With respect to 2001, current expenditure was up by 45.6%, with an annual accumulative rate of 6.5%, while gross formation increased by 20.7%, at an annual rate of 3.2%.

Table 1: Total Expenditure on Education. The Basque Country. 2001-2007 (thousands Euros and %)

Source: Eustat

In terms of 2007 data, the functional distribution shows that the most important item was training and educational services (2,593 million Euros), which accounted for 84.0% of the expenditure. 178 million Euros (5.8%) of the total expenditure, was on complementary activities (transport, canteen, residential services…). Current expenditure also included books and educational material, general administration of the educational system and educational research & innovation, which accounted for 1.6%, 2.2% and 0.9%, respectively. Finally, the remaining 5.6% went to gross capital formation.

Table 2: Total Expenditure on Education by functions. The Basque Country. 2007 (thousands Euros and %)

Source: Eustat

The perspective of direct financing shows that public finance contributed the highest percentage of expenditure on education services (85.2%), while private funding (59.1%) prevailed when it came to the other activities (transport, canteen, residential services and others) When it came to capital expenditure, the financing was also mainly public (79.9%) compared to the 20.1% from private contributions. This financing structure was maintained between 2001 and 2007.

Table 3: Direct financing sources. 2007 (%)

Source: Eustat

Internationally speaking, when calculating the indicator of direct private and public expenditure on educational institutions, in relation to the number of full-time equivalent students enrolled, prepared by the OECD, the expenditure by the Basque Country per student in primary, secondary and post-secondary education came to 7,319 in terms of purchasing power parity (PPP) and expenditure per tertiary education student equal to 11,306 PPP. As shown in the following graph, the Basque Country was behind Canada in terms of primary and secondary education, but it spent more than Spain as a whole or Germany. In tertiary education, expenditure per student was also higher to that of Spain, France and Italy, but it was lower than Germany or Canada.

Graph 1: B1 Indicator. Annual expenditure per student on R&D, complementary and basic services (2005). PPP

N.B. This indicator does not include expenditure on residential training centres, which are included in the Education Account, and include expenditure on R&D, a category that is not part of the Education Account.

Source: Eustat and OECD

For further information:

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