Now, we know there's all kinds of smarts: street smarts, book smart and E.Q. or emotional intelligence. And, yes, we're well aware that the ability to quote from memory great works of classic American literature or name drop obscure and even irrelevant philosophers hardly makes one person smarter than another. But there's no denying that having a degree, diploma or certificate to your name has become rather essential to entering the job market.
In many cases, educational attainment is proportional to people's incomes. In our list of the top 10 smartest countries in the world, based on the latest figures from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development released last year, we give you the countries with the highest percentage of university- and college-educated populations in the world. And you may be surprised at who comes in first.
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The waters around the southern Line Islands in the Pacific Ocean are home to some of the healthiest coral reefs in the world. The government of Kiribat... More The waters around the southern Line Islands in the Pacific Ocean are home to some of the healthiest coral reefs in the world. The government of Kiribati recently declared a 12-nautical-mile fishing exclusion zone around each of the five islands, thanks in part to the efforts of National Geographic's Pristine Seas initiative and Explorer-in-Residence Enric Sala, who led a research expedition there in 2009. "Diving at the southern Line Islands reveals what the seas once were, in all their richness and wonder," says Sala. "Coming here has reset our entire understanding of what's natural, and has given us a new baseline against which to measure healthy and unhealthy reefs everywhere." Read more about the southern Line Islands online in National Geographic magazine: http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2014/09/southern-line-islands/warne-text
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