TOP 10 Countries With Highest Literacy Rates in 2012

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www.digitalplanetdesign.comIf you pick up history and go through the success stories of the Nations that are ruling the world today, You will notice that the only factor which can be given the entire credit of their success is the priority they give to Education and Learning. While Talking about Countries that are suffering with Malnutrition and adverse living conditions, We noticed  that these countries have only one drawback, and that is, their poor level of education. The high rate of illiteracy has had been destroying their economy and the future seems worst.

Today, Smart earning methods will be sharing with you, a list of top  10 countries that are known worldwide for their education. Here are the nations with Highest Literacy Rate in the World according to the latest reveals made in 2012

1. Canada

Pct. population with postsecondary education: 50%

GDP per capita: $39,070 (10th highest)

most famous university of toronto in canada

Half of the country’s population is well educated and graduated with any of the degrees out of which about 71% of women complete their university or secondary education as compared to 65’% of men of same age group. The 2.5% of GDP is allotted for public and private education expenditures, it is the fourth highest is the world and out of which 41% of 2.5% allotted for education is spent on tertiary education and around 50% of adult population has completed their tertiary education and due to world class education 25% of students have immigrant background. In 2011 53% of Canadians of age above 15 had college or university degree and now the percentage of students with university degree has roused to 22.5%.

2. Israel

Population with postsecondary education: 45%

GDP per capita: $28,596

flag of Israel

Just few years ago, there were only 1600 students graduated but by 2010-2011, 206, 000, 61 students enrolled and out of which 61 percent were studying the country’s university. With largest increase in about 19% population from 2000-2009 the total allotment from GDP for the expenditure on educational purposes with slowest annual growth rate has decreased and the number of students of age 25 to 64, completing their tertiary education has decreased from 46% to 48% from 2006 to 2007. Today their graduates are acknowledging among world’s best leaders in the field of economics, physics, computer science and engineering. Among great scholars aroused from Israel is Amikam Aharoni. And That’s How Jews Were Able to Become So Rich!

3. Japan

Population with postsecondary education: 44%

GDP per capita: $33,751

flag of Japan

With the advancement, technology and invention it is not hard to believe japan being the third on the list. The population of Japan is highly controlled there by it has the slowest annual population growth rate is only 0.46% thus thereby they are providing the best world class education and thus together with Finland has the third-highest upper secondary graduation rate that is 95% and though the country spent only 1.5% of GDP on tertiary education it has the third highest tertiary education rate in the world. According to MSN news the country’s 12.8 million people, around 44% have gone to pursue higher education. He country has legendary scholars and students in the fields of medicine, chemistry, physics and robotics.

4. United States

Population with postsecondary education: 41%

GDP per capita: $46, 588

American University, Best College in United States

Majority of students worldwide dreaming to study in US and the American students are accepted globally. Currently the population has increased to 8.68% and simultaneously the growing population is more into ways earning rather than education thereby the tertiary education rate of growing has decreased to 1.4% annually but the country has largest number of individual with tertiary education and surprisingly more women have been gone to pursue higher education. The country has noble laureates such as John Lewis Hall who attained a Nobel Prize in Physics in 2005.

5. New Zealand

Population with postsecondary education: 40%

GDP per capita: $28,871

The country has a highest annual growth rate of 11.89% between 2000-2009 and do not have huge GDP per capita but still around 40% of population is involved in tertiary education due to high output from secondary schools however it has a literacy rate in country is about 99%. Most of the residents are secondary school graduate. In 1961 University of New Zealand was the only one and today country hold six independent universities.

6. South Korea

Population with postsecondary education: 39%

GDP per capita: $29,101

seoul national university logo, ranked 47th best university in world in south korea

The students hold keen interest in humanities, education and arts. South Koreans who are low in number but holds the highest rate of percentage of population that has tertiary education because employment and status are based on university studies, academic excellence and innovating capability. However, the percentage of graduates has shown increase of 5.3% from 1999-2009. The public funds contribute only 59.6% for expenditures on educational institutions.

7. Norway

Population with postsecondary education: 37%

GDP per capita: $56,617

The country holds the second highest GDP per capita and invests 7.5% of it onto the educational institutions and out of which 23% of 7.5% is spent on tertiary education and majority of students around 60% holds bachelor’s degree and 37% of population has university degree as tuition free in free. Students hold great interest in manufacturing.

8. United Kingdom

Population with postsecondary education: 37%

GDP per capita: $35,504

The country has high percentage of graduated adults with increase of 4% from 1999-2009 where as the increase in population in those years was only grown to 3.5% and around 37# of population has university degrees, and draws large number of international students as university standards are high. Though it has a good GDP count but it spent less for education purposes about fourth smallest amount among OCED countries.

9. Australia

Population with postsecondary education: 37%

GDP per capita: $ 40, 719

famous Australian National University

The country draws large number of international students and the 37% of residents have university degrees due to its frequent scholarship offers and affordable price and has the third largest increase in population between 2000- 2009, and with an increase of 14.63% where as the percentage of population with complete tertiary education has only increased to 3.3%.

10. Finland

Population with postsecondary education: 37%

GDP per capita: $36, 585

This is just recently that one of my Family Friend has left the country for his Further studies in Finland, and, it is rightly listed here. The students in Finland like that in South Korea do not show interest in social sciences, law and business but holds particular interest in engineering, construction and manufacturing. The number of graduates only increased to 1.8% annually.  It provides wide range of courses and has a history of producing intellectuals.

Knowledge is the key to success, and the above stated nations are the living examples of this proverb. Try it.


6 thoughts on “TOP 10 Countries With Highest Literacy Rates in 2012”

  1. @Santanu,
    India is one of those developing countries that knows its destination. Lately, India’s Progress is evident. Congratulations to all Indian Friends for that.

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