Education by Country 2020

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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:

Education by Country 2020

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Education by Country 2020

Country Total Score Reading Score Math Score Science Score
China1731556600575
United States1489500487502
Indonesia1156402371383
Brazil1203412386405
Russia1405459468478
Mexico1260425419416
Japan1588520529539
Turkey1363464445454
Germany1530497513520
Thailand1265421419425
United Kingdom1500494492514
France1491496497498
Italy1458486483489
South Korea1623539546538
Colombia1196413381402
Spain1452481483488
Argentina1187398388401
Poland1503500495508
Canada1580524527529
Peru1104370365369
Australia1556515514527
Taiwan1558495543520
Romania1279424427428
Chile1317449421447
Kazakhstan1195390405400
Netherlands1556508526522
Tunisia1176404371401
Belgium1528506515507
Czech Republic1471478493500
Greece1419483466470
Jordan1207405387415
Portugal1469489487493
Azerbaijan1166362431373
Sweden1486497494495
United Arab Emirates1378459453466
Hungary1487494490503
Austria1460470496494
Serbia1327442442443
Israel1376474447455
Switzerland1552501534517
Hong Kong1637533555549
Bulgaria1296429428439
Kyrgyzstan975314331330
Singapore1630526562542
Denmark1497495503499
Finland1631536541554
Slovakia1464477497490
Norway1501503498500
Ireland1491496487508
New Zealand1572521519532
Panama1107371360376
Croatia1422476460486
Uruguay1280426427427
Qatar1119372368379
Albania1153385377391
Lithuania1436468477491
Slovenia1496483501512
Latvia1460484482494
Trinidad And Tobago1240416414410
Estonia1541501512528
Macau1523487525511
Montenegro1212408403401
Luxembourg1445472489484
Iceland1503500507496
Liechtenstein1555499536520