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#4. Israel. The birthplace of major world religions continues to generate deep thinkers.
Population with tertiary education: 46.4% Average annual growth rate: n/a Education spending as pct. of GDP: 7.5% (5th highest)
PHOTO: A picture shows a portion of the skyline of the Israeli city of Tel Aviv, as seen from its bay 28 June 2007. Tel Aviv, founded in 1909 under the British Mandate in Palestine, has been dubbed as the "White City" due to the extensive building activities based on the urban plan of Sir Patrick Geddes that reflected modern organic planning principles. Architects applied in their planning criteria drown from minstream European artistic movement such as the Bauhaus. In 2003, UNESCO inscribed Tel Aviv in the World Heritage List. AFP PHOTO/JACK GUEZ