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:

Flag Country Total Score Reading Score Math Score Science Score Population 2019
China17315566005751,433,783,686
Hong Kong16375335555497,436,154
Finland16315365415545,532,156
Singapore16305265625425,804,337
South Korea162353954653851,225,308
Japan1588520529539126,860,301
Canada158052452752937,411,047
New Zealand15725215195324,783,063
Taiwan155849554352023,773,876
Netherlands155650852652217,097,130
Australia155651551452725,203,198
Liechtenstein155549953652038,019
Switzerland15525015345178,591,365
Estonia15415015125281,325,648
Germany153049751352083,517,045
Belgium152850651550711,539,328
Poland150350049550837,887,768
Iceland1503500507496339,031
Norway15015034985005,378,857
United Kingdom150049449251467,530,172
Denmark14974955034995,771,876
Slovenia14964835015122,078,654
Ireland14914964875084,882,495
France149149649749865,129,728
United States1489500487502329,064,917
Hungary14874944905039,684,679
Sweden148649749449510,036,379
Czech Republic147147849350010,689,209
Portugal146948948749310,226,187
Slovakia14644774974905,457,013
Latvia14604844824941,906,743
Austria14604704964948,955,102
Italy145848648348960,550,075
Spain145248148348846,736,776
Luxembourg1445472489484615,729
Lithuania14364684774912,759,627
Croatia14224764604864,130,304
Greece141948346647010,473,455
Russia1405459468478145,872,256
United Arab Emirates13784594534669,770,529
Israel13764744474558,519,377
Turkey136346444545483,429,615
Serbia13274424424438,772,235
Chile131744942144718,952,038
Bulgaria12964294284397,000,119
Uruguay12804264274273,461,734
Romania127942442742819,364,557
Thailand126542141942569,625,582
Mexico1260425419416127,575,529
Trinidad And Tobago12404164144101,394,973
Montenegro1212408403401627,987
Jordan120740538741510,101,694
Brazil1203412386405211,049,527
Colombia119641338140250,339,443
Kazakhstan119539040540018,551,427
Argentina118739838840144,780,677
Tunisia117640437140111,694,719
Azerbaijan116636243137310,047,718
Indonesia1156402371383270,625,568
Albania11533853773912,880,917
Qatar11193723683792,832,067
Panama11073713603764,246,439
Peru110437036536932,510,453
Kyrgyzstan9753143313306,415,850