Education By Country 2019

Few things in life are more important than having an education. Developed countries around the world have well-developed educational systems and opportunities for higher education, which helps the citizens of that country obtain higher paying jobs and a better quality of life.

There is no definitive list of countries that offer the best and worst education. However, there are organizations, think tanks, and publications that have used data such as literacy or graduation rates to determine which nations have the best education systems.

One such list was created by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, or OECD. This organization looked at the number of people between the ages of 25 and 64 who have completed a vocational program or had receive a two- or four-year degree. This data was then used to determine which countries were the most educated.

Based on this list, Canada is the most educated nation. Over 56% of adults have continued their education past high school.

Coming in second is Japan. Over 50% of adults in this country have completed some form of post-high school education. Falling right in behind Japan is Israel, with 49.9% of adults having completed a higher education program.

Other nations that were ranked highly in education based on this data include:

Another measurement of the most educated countries is through the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Countries for Education list. These rankings were based on three factors: well-developed public education system, top-quality education, and whether respondents would consider attending university in that nation.

Based on this list, the United Kingdom comes out on top. Coming in second place is the United States, where about 70% of graduates go on to a higher education program. In third place is Canada, followed by Germany and France.

On the flip side, there are nations with poor educational systems. This could be due to internal conflict, economic problems, or underfunded programs. Some of the world’s worst educational systems can be found in these nations:

Rank Flag Name Population 2019 Area Area (mi²) % of Earth's Area Growth Rate Region Subregion
1United States329,064,9179,372,610 km²3,617,827 mi²6.31%0.60%AmericasNorthern America
2United Kingdom67,530,172242,900 km²93,759 mi²0.16%0.58%EuropeNorthern Europe
3Australia25,203,1987,692,024 km²2,969,121 mi²5.18%1.23%OceaniaAustralia and New Zealand
4Finland5,532,156338,424 km²130,632 mi²0.23%0.17%EuropeNorthern Europe
5Norway5,378,857323,802 km²124,988 mi²0.22%0.77%EuropeNorthern Europe
6Luxembourg615,7292,586 km²998 mi²< 0.1%1.90%EuropeWestern Europe