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10 of the World’s Best Education Systems, from Finland to Japan

Education is very important for individuals and society. No matter which region or country we live in, we must maintain our education system so that it helps us in preserving our knowledge.

Education helps one to gain a basic understanding of civilization and their role as civilians. But because the geographical area is different, the education system in different countries is different.

The following is a list of the best education systems in the world selected and considered based on several factors such as the education system developed for the public, the quality of primary and higher education and the level of students attending universities.

1. Finland


According to a recent survey, Finland has the best education system in the world. This country has been the center of attention since 2000.

In fact, when five new parameters were added in 2017 for the categorization of the best education systems throughout the world, Finland managed to perform well and provide strong competition to South Korea and Japan. This country ranks higher on indicators, such as:

• Teacher to student ratio
• Number of students graduating in elementary school
• Number of students graduating from high school

2. Japan


Like Finland, Japan has also maintained second place for three years. Despite intense competition from South Korea and other countries, Japan is still able to come in second place.

The main indicator that contributes to its success is the development of student understanding between the ages of 5 and 14 years.

3. South Korea

South Korea has won the poll three times (the world’s 20 education system), and has won third place every year. South Korea provides strong competition to Japan for second place.

After Japan, only South Korea works well in a sector that has brought extraordinary development to students aged 5 to 14 years. Surveyors suspect that the country will be a strong contender for second place, but several indicators make it lose its chance.

Some indicators that reject South Korea’s second position in the poll are:

– Decreasing high school student test scores (calculated annually)
– Decreased student graduation exam scores (calculated annually)

4. Denmark


Denmark has never been a country known for ranking in the polls but has been known for the education system developed among the elite.

Previously, Denmark was in 8th position, but because it passed five newly entered indicators, it has taken a giant leap from 8th to fourth position.

An indicator that helps Denmark to rise to position 4 is an increase in the teacher-to-student ratio for secondary and elementary schools.

5. Russia

Russia is praiseworthy for being in the top 5 countries with the world’s best education system. The Russian education system is known for preparing student workspaces. They also have a good teacher-student ratio.

If we talk in numbers, Russia has a ratio of 1 teacher per 9 students.

6. Norway

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Norway was in 16th position in the previous quarter. However, with certain changes in the education system, this country has jumped ten positions and succeeded in occupying the sixth position.

In this country, the teacher to student ratio reaches 1:10. Norway has competed with Russia and Japan for this teacher-student ratio.

7. England


Even though this country will be a big competitor on this list, the current clashes between the government and teachers have made Britain fall back to 7th position.

Great Britain, could be better if the government handled the current situation carefully such as giving better wages to teachers, increasing class support to students, and providing each class with modern educational facilities.

8. Israel

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Israel remains in 8th position in terms of the education system. The country ranks second in terms of better parenting and advanced childhood. If we compare developments with the past, people can collect major changes and improvements.

Enrollment rates in primary schools and graduation have increased a lot, but still, it cannot help Israel to reach the top 5 positions until the following year.

9. Sweden

Like other Nordic countries such as Finland, Norway and Denmark, Sweden has really made a good effort to maintain the quality of their education.

Sweden’s progress in education was very impressive from 2015 to 2018. In terms of increasing enrollment of students aged between 15 and 18 years, this country ranks third among other countries.

However, Sweden still has to work hard to improve its world ranking to enter the top five.

10. Hong Kong

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If we take into account the world’s top 20 polls last year, then Hong Kong is in 14th position. They really worked hard on the main indicators and made it to the top 10.

Indicators that helped Hong Kong lift its position were – higher enrollment rates for elementary school age students.

If it is successful during registration of all age students and their graduation exam scores, it can even increase their position and be in the top 5 positions.