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Smoking rates have fallen, although that is also still an issue: approximately one in five adults still smokes daily.
The quality of Israel’s education has improved over past two decades, and yet Israel is near the bottom of the developed world, its 8th graders get correct answers on only half their math questions, Israel’s weakest students are also the weakest in the developed world, and Israel’s top students rank only in the bottom third of the developed world.
Israel received data on more than 35,000 Israeli-held accounts in US financial institutions.
For the first time ever, Israel is hosting the OECD Global Education Industry Summit.
About 60 ministers of education from a range of OECD countries gathered Sunday in Jerusalem for a three-day program to explore Israel’s culture of entrepreneurship.
Israel's consumer confidence is among the lowest in OECD countries, but in most of these countries, other than in Sweden, Denmark and Finland, consumer confidence has been negative.
In Israel every fifth first grader (20%) is overweight, and by the seventh grade 30% — one in three children — are overweight.
Israeli Jews were more satisfied than Israeli Arabs — 60% vs. 48% respectively.
Of all the external causes of death, the biggest gender gap was in incidents of suicides, traffic accidents and murder.
Israel’s gross domestic product is expected to grow at a much higher annual rate than the United States for the next 48 years, according to a report by the OECD.
In a recent survey of the OECD's 34 countries, Israel ranked sixth in 'life satisfaction.' Israelis are also among the healthiest in the developed world, with a low obesity rate (13.8%) and an average life expectancy of nearly 82 years.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: "The Israeli economy grew more than most Western economies, almost 2.5 times the OECD average...In contrast to the collapsing economies around us, Israel's credit rating was upgraded last year."
Results were derived from OECD report, Education at a Glance 2011.