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Rich Americans lack skills

The good news for Americans in a new international study of adult skills is that the U.S. ranks near the top in gross domestic product per capita, behind only Norway.

The bad news is that Americans are so far behind in their skills that it’s hard to see how they can stay at the top for long.

Also want to outline the list of the OECD countries in the study with a bigger share of adults aged 16 to 64 in the top two levels of literacy:

  • Japan, Finland, Netherlands, Sweden, Australia, Norway, Estonia, Slovenia, Flanders (part of Belgium), Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, South Korea, England and Northern Ireland, and Germany.
  • Then comes the U.S.
  • After that are Austria, Poland, Ireland, France, Cyprus, Spain, and, in last place, Italy.