Launched in 1994, the Key Data on Education in Europe series sets out in a clear lively fashion a very wide variety of both qualitative and quantitative indicators on different levels of education from pre-primary to tertiary, as well as on the teaching profession, foreign language learning and the financing of education. This book, which is published by the European Commission and prepared jointly by Eurydice, the information network on education in Europe, and Eurostat, the Statistical Office of the European Communities, covers 30 European countries. Key Data on Education in Europe is... intended to provide a very wide audience with information on many aspects of education systems in Europe. Its aim is to highlight numerous differences and similarities in the way in which these systems are organised and function, as well as trends underlying their development. The publication contains a wealth of graphic material, including histograms, maps and diagrams, so that it is easier to consult and readily accessible to everyone. The basic principle underlying its conception is that descriptive, statistic and comparative diagrams should alternate with comments on various points that arise from comparative examination of the data concerned.