Why the North Region?
ü 36% of the youth population, in Portugal, is centred in the North region.
ü Resident Population on 31.12.2010: 3.7 million individuals (35% of total in 2010 and an 0.2% increase in 10 years) – Projections for 2025: 3.913 million individuals.
Resident population according to Age Groups
0 - 14 years
15 - 24 years
25 - 64 years
65 years and over
ü In 2010, the North region recorded the fourth highest rate of natural increase in population, following Lisbon, Azores and Algarve.
ü In the school year 2010/2011, students enrolled in primary and secondary education accounted for 36% of national total, in both levels of education.
ü Between the school year 2006/2007 and 2010/2011 the number of students enrolled in higher education increased by 9%.
Students enrolled according to educational level / Number of students graduated
Primary Education Secondary Education Higher Education
ü In the 101 higher education institutions, located in the North region, the number of students that enrolled exceeded 123,000 and graduates were more than 27,000 (1/3 of the national total). The areas of Health, Engineering and Mathematics and Business Studies (Management / Economics / Accounting), were chosen, respectively, by 17%, 15% and 14% of the enrolled students. Graduates in these same areas represented, respectively, 23%, 11.2% and 10.6% of total.
ü Active population in 2011: 1,981 thousands of individuals (35.7% of total).
ü Activity rate among people aged 15 or more: 62.3%.
Active Population / Employment
Active Population Employed Population
Employment (% of total)
Source: INE - Employment Statistics
ü Employed population (2011): 1,722 thousands of individuals (31.1% of total).
ü Employment rate among individuals with 15 years old and more: 54.1%.
ü More than a half of the population between 16 and 74 years old use computers and 47% have Internet access.
Information Society - Computer and Internet Access, 2010
Source: INE/Survey on Information and Communication Technologies usage in households, 2010
Public Institutions for Higher Education
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