The 10 Most Educated Countries In the World 2018

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Every year, institutions in the United States dominate rankings of the best university in the world. But Canada tops the list as the most educated country in the world. According to the OECD, over 56 percent of adults in the Great White North have earned some kind of education after high school.

During the 2016 World Economic Forum in Davos, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau suggested that Canadians’ education was the nation’s greatest resource.


“We need the education to enable people to learn, think, and adapt,” he said. “Our natural resources are important, and they always will be. But Canadians know that what it takes to grow and prosper isn’t just what’s under our feet, it’s what between our ears.” Canada is followed by highly-educated countries like Japan, Israel, and Korea.


The United States ranked sixth on the OECD’s list. According to the OECD, 45.7 percent of American adults between the ages of 25 and 64 have completed some kind of tertiary education in the form of a two-year degree, four-year degree or vocational program. The U.S. Census estimates that about 33 percent of American adults possess a bachelor’s degree or more.

Here are the 10 Most Educated Countries


10. Luxembourg

Flag of Luxembourg

Flag of Luxembourg

The Luxembourg school system is multilingual. The majority of schools are therefore free public schools. Apart from the public education system, the Grand Duchy also has a number of private and international schools. Schooling is compulsory between the ages of 4 and 16 years

Educated Adult:  42.86 percent


9. Norway

Flag of Norway

Flag of Norway

Education today. The Norwegian school system can be divided into three parts: Elementary school, lower secondary school, and upper secondary school. Before 1997, mandatory education in Norway started at the age of 7.

Educated Adult:  43.02 percent


8. Finland

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Flag of Finland

Education in Finland is an education system with fully subsidized meals served to full-time students. The present education system in Finland consists of daycare programmes (for babies and toddlers) and a one-year “pre-school” (or kindergarten for six-year-olds); a nine-year compulsory basic comprehensive school (starting at age seven and ending at the age of sixteen); post-compulsory secondary general academic and vocational education; higher education (University and University of applied sciences); and adult (lifelong, continuing) education

Educated Adult:  43.60 percent


7. Australia

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Flag of Australia

School education is similar across all of Australia with only minor variations between states and territories. School education (primary and secondary) is compulsory between the ages of six and sixteen (Year 1 to Year 9 or 10). School education is 13 years and divided into Primary school – Runs for seven or eight years, starting at Kindergarten/Preparatory through to Year 6 or 7. Secondary school – Runs for three or four years, from Years 7 to 10 or 8 to 10. Senior secondary school – Runs for two years, Years 11 and 12.

Educated Adult:  43.74 percent


6. United States

American Student

American students posing with USA stars and stripes flag

Education in the United States. Education in the United States is provided by the public, private and home schools. State governments set overall educational standards, often mandate standardized tests for K–12 public school systems and supervise, usually through a board of regents, state colleges, and universities.

Educated Adult:  45.67 percent


5. United Kingdom

Flag of the United Kingdom.

Flag of the United Kingdom.

UK Education System.Children in the UK have to legally attend primary and secondary education which runs from about 5 years old until the student is 16 years old. The education system in the UK is also split into “key stages” which breaks down as follows: Key Stage 1: 5 to 7 years old.

Educated Adult:   45.96 percent


4. South Korea

Flag of South Korea

Flag of South Korea

university, students encounter unfamiliar standards of excellence and whole families become involved in helping them to pass. At examination times, businesses even open for shorter hours in recognition of this fact. A student who passes through has a qualification that meets top international standards, and of which he or she may be justifiably proud. Korea – living proof of the power of a knowledge-based economy.

Educated Adult:  46.86 percent


3. Israel

Flag of israel

Flag of Israel

Education in Israel refers to the comprehensive education system of Israel. The education system consists of three tiers: primary education, middle school, and high school. Compulsory education takes place from kindergarten through to 12th grade

Educated Adult:  49.90 percent


2. Japan

Flag of Japan

Flag of Japan

Children who have their 6th birthday on or before April 1 enter the first grade of elementary school of that year. The school year starts in April and ends in March. For Japanese nationals, six years at elementary school and three years at junior high school (total nine years) are compulsory
Educated Adult:  50.50 percent


1. Canada

Student waving Canadian Flag

Student waving Canadian Flag

Canadian children attend kindergarten for one or two years at the age of four or five on a voluntary basis. All children begin Grade One at about six years of age. … Secondary schools go up to Grades 11 or 12, depending on the province. From there, students may attend university, college or Cégep studies.
Educated Adult:   56.27 percent

Melissa Dimon

Melissa Dimon is recent graduate from University of Texas- Austin and Former Content Marketer at and Currently Serving as Editor In Chief For University Magazine

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