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The 10 most educated countries in the world

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More Americans are going to college than ever before . But even as students attend college at record-breaking rates , the country continues to fall behind other nations.

10. Luxembourg

42.86 percent

9. Norway

43.02 percent

8. Finland

43.60 percent

7. Australia

43.74 percent

6. United States

45.67 percent

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5. United Kingdom

45.96 percent

4. Korea

46.86 percent

3. Israel

49.90 percent

2. Japan

50.50 percent

1. Canada

56.27 percent

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    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 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.

    This is an updated version of a story that appeared previously.

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