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Education Spending by Country

Name the countries whose governments spend the most on education - both on a total basis and per capita.
Source: UNESCO
For the most recent year available. 2014 for most countries. Data for China is missing
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First submittedJuly 6, 2017
Last updatedJuly 6, 2017
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Total
Country
$899 bil
United States
$227 bil
Japan
$192 bil
Germany
$170 bil
United Kingdom
$159 bil
France
$150 bil
Brazil
$105 bil
Italy
$85.1 bil
Canada
$83.1 bil
Russia
$82.4 bil
Australia
Per Capita
Country
$7,500
Norway
$5,198
Denmark
$4,762
Luxembourg
$4,644
Iceland
$4,607
Sweden
$4,323
Switzerland
$3,556
Finland
$3,513
Australia
$3,504
Qatar
$3,243
Ireland
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level ∞
Jul 6, 2017
On a per capita basis, the next highest were Belgium, Netherlands, New Zealand, Austria, and the United States.
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level 81
Jul 6, 2017
I guessed all of these. Only missed that second to last country, it was a bit of a surprise.
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level 58
Oct 19, 2017
I missed that one too, although in retrospect, there has been a lot of news about that country investing heavily in education.
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level 43
Jul 6, 2017
Yay first person to take quiz
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level 56
Jul 19, 2017
I was surprised there was no South Korea or Taiwan, and also from the absolute numbers no China
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level ∞
Jul 19, 2017
It looks like data for China is missing. Spending was $20 billion in 1999, but is no doubt much greater now.
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level 67
Aug 3, 2017
Interesting quiz, mostly as expected, Pity only Qatar uses oil money to at least one good end.
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level 65
Oct 1, 2017
Norway, too.
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level 39
Oct 19, 2017
Why does Australia show up twice when I put type it in?
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level 61
Oct 19, 2017
The two columns are separate, one for total spending and one per capita. Australia appears in the top 10 for both these lists
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level 69
Oct 19, 2017
surprised that Singapore doesn't even make it into the near misses list for per capita.
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level 44
Oct 19, 2017
My guess is that ROK, Japan, and Singapore are lower down because of two things: larger class sizes and lower birthrates. As a result, they can wind up both paying teachers more and spending less per capita.
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level 76
Oct 19, 2017
I'm sure that Saudi Arabia would make this list if they figured differently. Saudis (rightly) don't have much faith in their own country's public school system, or even university system, so.. many companies and institutions mandate that new hires go through lengthy training periods. Saudi Aramco, for example, puts all of their "apprentices," every one of their rigmen, firemen, electricians, engineers, pipe fitters, welders, secretaries, etc, through two full years of English, math, computer, driving, health, safety and other courses, and a year of technical courses and on the job training, before they even start their job. Teachers of these courses are foreigners that are very well paid (I was one of them). The companies that do this (Aramco, the armed forces, Ministry of Interior, etc) are all government entities using government money. The King Abdullah scholarship also sends thousands and thousands of Saudis overseas for university at great expense.
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level 70
Jul 28, 2019
Very true, although (speaking from personal experience) many Saudi students in the UK pay handsomely to have their work done for them. At one stage in my life, I would have been made homeless were it not for the money I earned from researching and writing a single Saudi student's medical degree coursework from scratch.
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level 76
Oct 19, 2017
Most of the money that Qatar spends on education is probably to attract top researchers from other countries to come "work" at their universities just before they are about to make some big breakthrough... so that the Qatari university can then take credit for it. This happens a lot and all they have to attract these individuals, many of whom never actually do any work in Qatar, is large salaries.
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level 67
Oct 19, 2017
We have the 4th highest spend in the world on education, but our education system is woeful and in desperate need of reform. Go figure.
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level 76
Oct 19, 2017
Education is a popular thing to complain about all over the world. Solid enrage-everybody seminal political issue. It's probably not actually that bad.
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level 59
Oct 19, 2017
Then I'll go against the flow and say that the educational system in Estonia is very well-organized.
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level 75
Apr 15, 2019
The British education system is literally under attack from its own government, my kids school recently failed an inspection on tenuous grounds and a private company has moved in to manage it. The schools new CEO makes twice what the old head teacher ever did.
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level 70
Jul 28, 2019
I'm sure that will turn around under Boris' comprehensive, progressive and far-reaching policies...
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level 76
Oct 19, 2017
Where did Monaco rank? Is this another quiz where data is missing for lots of countries?
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level 30
Oct 19, 2017
I wonder where the Vatican ranks...
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level 76
Oct 20, 2017
Is there a single public school at the Vatican? I'm thinking not.
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level 35
Oct 19, 2017
As a Brazilian and mainly as a teacher I'm shocked to learn that Brazil is the 6th country that most invests in education in the world, 150 Billion US Dollars per year. And yet, if you visit any public school in Brasil, any of the three schools where I work you'd wonder in surprise where is all that money...Classrooms with no air conditioning, not even a fan, under the absurd heat of 37º or so of my city (you sweat like a pig while teaching), old whiteboards, in such a bad shape that some parts can't be erased any more, sometimes there's no water to drink, sometimes there's no water to flush a fck toilet...A computer lab? We see them...in the movies. Absolutely ZERO electronic resources to enrich the class and engage our students. I' not saying that these figures are wrong. They are just OFFICIAL. The reality is very, very far from those U$ 150 Billion...
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level 65
Oct 19, 2017
Well, most of it goes to the Federal University system.
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level 30
Oct 19, 2017
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level 47
Aug 7, 2019
I mean Brazil does still have over 200m people. And it spends more than similarly sized countries I.e Nigeria Bangladesh and Indonesia. Even more than India or Pakistan.
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level 58
Oct 19, 2017
Kinda sad how many flaws are in the Irish education system. We spend far too much time on useless subjects that will never benefit us in any job aside from teaching...like Irish
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level 61
Oct 19, 2017
I guess its not surprising that this includes almost all of the countries with the best quality of life. I'm going to say not a coincidence?
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level 76
Oct 20, 2017
To me the pattern seems to be:
left column: large and/or populous industrialized countries.
right column: wealthy countries
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level 30
Oct 19, 2017
How is China not on this???
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level 79
Oct 20, 2017
Apparently they have missing data
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level 76
Nov 24, 2017
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