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Education spending

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Since the governmental spending on education is calculated as per cent the GDP the countries standing out in this map are the economically most active countries with China and the United States leading here by far. The relative data, meaning the per cent of education expenditure of the GDP tells a different story: Here Cuba leads with 12 per cent before the Solomon Island with 10 and Swaziland with 8.6 per cent. The first developed country is Denmark on 4th place with 8.5 per cent of GDP. The lowest education expenditure rate can be found in South Sudan, with less than 1 per cent of GDP.


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Technical Notes

This map shows the total government expenditure on education for the year 2015 in US dollars.

Data sources
This map uses data from the 2016 United Nations Human Development Report and population estimates from the 2017 World Population Prospects (last accessed March 2018). We aim to map as complete data as possible and therefore estimate data for missing values. In some cases, missing data for very small territories is not used in the cartogram and that area is therefore omitted in the map.

Further notes on the data, as well as all modifications to the original data source are noted in our data sheets. Data for this map will soon be available as a download.

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