Most Educated Countries 2019

Nations around the world have different levels of education. In more developed nations, most adults are literate and have at least a basic high school education. In less developed nations, the opposite is usually true. In underdeveloped and undeveloped nations, the quality of education is poor, while many people may not have access to education at all.

Several surveys and studies have been conducted to find the most educated countries in the world. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, or OECD, has made a list of the world’s most educated countries based on the number of adult residents between the ages of 25 and 64 that have received a two-year or four-year degree or have received an education through a vocational program.

Based on this information, Canada is the most educated country in the nation. Over 56% of adults meet the criteria used by the OECD. Coming in as the second most educated nation in the world is Japan. Over 50% of the adult population is educated. In third place with 49.9% of its adult population considered educated is Israel.

The top 10 most educated nations based on this study are:

Flag Country % Tertiary % Upper Secondary % Below Upper Secondary Population 2019
Canada56.71%34.41%8.87%37,411,047
Japan51.44%NaN%NaN%126,860,301
Israel50.92%36.46%12.63%8,519,377
South Korea47.74%39.87%12.39%51,225,308
United States46.36%44.29%9.35%329,064,917
United Kingdom45.74%35.42%18.83%67,530,172
Ireland45.66%36.35%17.99%4,882,495
Australia45.36%35.63%19.01%25,203,198
Finland44.30%43.80%11.90%5,532,156
Norway43.21%38.76%18.03%5,378,857
Switzerland42.59%45.21%12.19%8,591,365
Iceland42.38%34.75%22.86%339,031
Sweden41.94%41.06%17.00%10,036,379
Luxembourg40.33%36.37%23.30%615,729
Lithuania40.27%52.55%7.17%2,759,627
Belgium40.26%36.54%23.20%11,539,328
Estonia39.66%49.02%11.32%1,325,648
Denmark39.23%42.10%18.67%5,771,876
New Zealand37.73%41.15%21.12%4,783,063
Netherlands37.17%41.21%21.62%17,097,130
Spain36.35%22.72%40.93%46,736,776
France35.21%43.17%21.62%65,129,728
Slovenia34.30%53.38%12.32%2,078,654
Latvia33.88%53.73%12.39%1,906,743
Austria32.39%52.57%15.04%8,955,102
Greece31.03%41.68%27.29%10,473,455
Poland29.92%62.19%7.89%37,887,768
Germany28.58%57.94%13.48%83,517,045
Hungary24.05%59.97%15.97%9,684,679
Portugal24.04%23.91%52.05%10,226,187
Czech Republic23.93%69.87%6.21%10,689,209
Slovakia23.10%68.21%8.70%5,457,013
Costa Rica22.99%16.52%60.49%5,047,561
Colombia22.49%31.29%46.22%50,339,443
Argentina21.41%40.06%38.53%44,780,677
Turkey20.01%19.28%60.71%83,429,615
Italy18.67%42.25%39.08%60,550,075
Mexico17.42%20.24%62.34%127,575,529
Indonesia11.86%26.04%62.10%270,625,568
South Africa7.44%65.83%26.73%58,558,270