25 countries where people learn fast, think on their feet, and accomplish a lot at work, ranked

  • What determines the skill level of a particular country’s workforce?
  • The World Economic Forum’s 2018 global competitiveness report ranks the labour forces of different countries based on skills.
  • According to the World Economic Forum’s report, education is a key part of producing and maintaining a highly skilled workforce.

Which country boasts the most highly skilled workers?

Well, according to the World Economic Forum’s 2018 global competitiveness report, you should book a ticket to Finland if you want to meet some highly skilled employees. In the category of skills, the Scandinavian country’s workforce received a score of 87.9 out of 100.

According to the report, the skill score measured “the general level of skills of the workforce and the quantity and quality of education.”

Specifically, a high quality education featured “developing digital literacy, interpersonal skills, and the ability to think critically and creatively.” In addition, the report found highly-educated societies are more productive. This year’s global competitiveness report took into account country-wide statistics, policies, and institutions.

Here’s a look at the countries with the most skilled employees:


25. Czech Republic

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Score: 73.7


24. Malaysia

Source: 74.2


23. Latvia

Source: 74.5


22. Luxembourg

Score: 74.7


21. Taiwan

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Score: 75.6


20. Singapore

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Score: 76.0


19. Hong Kong SAR

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Score: 77.4


18. Estonia

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Score: 78.0


17. Austria

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Score: 78.4


16. Belgium

Score: 79.5


15. Ireland

Source: 79.9


14. Israel

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Score: 80.0


13. United Kingdom

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Score: 80.2


12 (tie). Australia

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Score: 81.0


12 (tie). Canada

Score: 81.0


10. New Zealand

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Source: 83.2


9. Iceland

Score: 83.3


8. Norway

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Score: 83.9


7. Sweden

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Score: 84.2


6. Netherlands

Score: 84.5


5. Denmark

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Score: 84.9


4. Germany

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Score: 85.4


3. The United States

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Score: 86.3


2. Switzerland

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Score: 87.3


1. Finland

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Score: 87.9

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