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Thu, 08 Nov 2012 21:15:00 GMT | By Jason Buckland, MSN Money
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5. New Zealand



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5. New Zealand

Last year’s rank: 4

New Zealand’s economy is ranked just 27th in the world (down from 17th as recently as 2010), lower than countries such as France, Belgium and the U.K. But perhaps the Kiwis are smarter than the rest of us. Literally. According to the Legatum Institute, New Zealand has the finest education system in the world, a distinction it’s held twice in the last three years.

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