The education levels of women are higher than those of men in the Nordic countries. The map shows the percentage gender difference in tertiary education for each municipality. This shows that the gender gap is particularly high in the northern parts of Finland, Norway and Sweden. The men living in rural areas often have much lower levels of education than women.
For both sexes, the level of education is highest in the metropolitan regions. The distance to the universities is larger in rural areas, which means that many people — especially women — move away. Some return, while others remain in the big cities since there are a wider range of jobs that require higher education there.