Little Finland ranks big in education (NOK, DWFI)

While Finland is one of the smallest countries in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), its populace is the tenth-best educated.  Finland was one of two Scandinavian nations to rank high in OECD’s “Education at a Glance 2011” report, the other being Norway.

In Finland, 37% of the population has a post-secondary education.  Its gross domestic product per capita is $36,585, and has been growing faster than the population. 

That is a tribute to the education system that has spawned high-tech giants like Nokia (NOK, quote), not to mention the strong performance of the Dow Jones Finland Total Stock Market Index  (DWFI, quote).

Due to the harsh climate and short growing season, the agricultural sector of Finland is not a major profit center for the country, nor it the focus of much attention from students. The Finnish economy emphasizes technology, and its students are most likely to study engineering, manufacturing and construction.