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Public spending on education, percent of GDP, 2021:

The average for 2021 based on 9 countries was 3.13 percent. The highest value was in India: 4.64 percent and the lowest value was in Cambodia: 1.67 percent. The indicator is available from 1970 to 2022. Below is a chart for all countries where data are available.

Measure: percent; Source: UNESCO
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Countries Education spending, percent of GDP, 2021 Global rank Available data
India 4.64 1 1997 - 2021
Malaysia 4.27 2 1971 - 2022
Philippines 3.88 3 1980 - 2022
Indonesia 3.05 4 1972 - 2021
Thailand 2.99 5 1971 - 2022
Vietnam 2.95 6 2008 - 2022
Singapore 2.83 7 1971 - 2022
Laos 1.86 8 1992 - 2022
Cambodia 1.67 9 1998 - 2021



Definition: General government expenditure on education (current, capital, and transfers) is expressed as a percentage of GDP. It includes expenditure funded by transfers from international sources to government. General government usually refers to local, regional and central governments.
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