The objective of the network is to increase awareness of results from the survey. It aims at promoting efficiency of labour market and educational policies in the Nordic and Baltic countries by providing analyses based on the PIAAC data. Moreover, the network aims at increasing the use of combined PIAAC and register data and to facilitate access to data for research purposes.

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Lotta Larsson

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The Nordic and Baltic countries started the data collection for the main study of PIAAC in the autumn of 2022. In the main survey, each country is required to collect at least 4 000 interviews in the period between August 2022 and April 2023.

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The Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) is a survey measuring skills in literacy, numeracy and problem solving among the adult population. Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Norway, Sweden and Latvia form the Nordic-Baltic PIAAC network.

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The Nordic and Baltic countries have successfully conducted the PIAAC Field Test (FT) between May and September 2021.




14 min.

PIAAC measures key information processing skills and data from the survey provide unique opportunities to analyse the cognitive skills needed in the labour market and society. Access to PIAAC data, on its own or linked to register data, is possible for research purposes. To facilitate the selection of register variables a handbook is available for the Nordic countries and Estonia....
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12 min.

People with low skills in respectively literacy and numeracy are defined as those who are at level 0 and 1. These people score less than 226 points at the scale of literacy and numeracy respectively, a scale ranging from 0 to 500. Persons at level 0 and 1 in literacy are able to read and understand very simple texts with...
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9 min.

In this article, the Danish sociologist Anders Rosdahl presents main findings from PIAAC cycle 1. The article presents skills in the Nordic countries in a comparative perspective and focuses on the uneven distribution of skills with regard to education, age and other factors. It also sheds light on adults with low skills and how adult education matches the needs of...

Information to researchers


Below, you find contact information from members of the network in the participating countries. Please contact us if you have any questions regarding PIAAC in the Nordic and Baltic countries or the Nordic-Baltic PIAAC network.
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Netværk: PIAAC

VIVE – The Danish Center for Social Science Research

Land: Danmark

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Netværk: PIAAC

University of Jyväskylä

Land: Finland

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Netværk: PIAAC

Ministry of Education and Research

Land: Estonia

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Netværk: PIAAC

Statistics Norway

Land: Norge

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Netværk: PIAAC

Statistics Sweden

Land: Sverige

Kari Nissinen

Senior researcher and Senior statistician

Netværk: PIAAC

Finnish Institute for Educational Research

Land: Finland


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The Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) is a multi-cycle international programme of assessment of adult skills and competencies in several countries conducted under the auspices of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
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Practical information about use of PIAAC data

PIAAC data gives valuable information on how information processing skills differ between the adult populations in different countries and within different groups of the population.
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Links to further information

There are a number of sources that can give you more information about PIAAC and the implementation of PIAAC in the Nordic and Baltic countries.

Project Timeline

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Platform and instrument development

Timeline Template March 2019

Preparation of Field Trial Materials and Procedures

Timeline Template April 2021

Field trial

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Field Trial Analyses

Timeline Template October 2024

Preparation of Main Study Materials and Procedures

Timeline Template August 2022

Main Study Data Collection

Timeline Template March 2023

Main Study Analyses and Report Preparation

Timeline Template December 2024

Data Products and Databases

Final Report Released