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    7 countries where higher education is free

    Abstract:Sweden does not charge tuition fees for both public and private colleges, while Norway spends 1.3% of its annual GDP paying for college tuition.

      There are seven developed nations — including Sweden, Norway, and Ireland — where students attend school for free.

      Sweden does not charge tuition for both public and private colleges.

      Norway pays the most for college subsidies, spending 1.3% of its annual GDP.

      Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.

      As

      the US faces a higher education affordability crisis, students from

      other developed countries don't pay anything for college.

      Of the 36

      developed, democratic countries that currently make up the Organization

      for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), seven of them subsidize

      tuition for public colleges and universities.

      Read more: 10 mind-blowing facts that show just how dire the student-loan crisis in America is

      The

      US, in contrast, charges the most money to attend public colleges among

      OECD countries. The average annual tuition for US public colleges cost

      more than $6,000, according to a 2011 report from OECD. When you add up

      the cost of living, books, and other expenses, the average cost of US

      in-state public university can total $25,290 a year, according to Value

      Penguin.

      Using the OECD's 2011 report, Business Insider analyzed the

      countries where citizens don't pay tuition fees. (Note that there were

      some discrepancies between the data in 2011 and the most recent data

      available in 2019 regarding which countries were included in the

      dataset. Business Insider has reached out to OECD for more information.)

      Here are seven countries where students can pursue higher education for free.

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    • Japanese Yen
    • South Korean Won
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    • Malaysian Ringgit
    • Norwegian Krone
    • New Zealand Dollar
    • Polish Zloty
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    • Saudi Arabian Riyal
    • Swedish Krona
    • Singapore Dollar
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    • Turkish Lira
    • United States Dollar
    • South African Rand

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    • United Arab Emirates Dirham
    • Australia Dollar
    • Canadian Dollar
    • Swiss Franc
    • Chinese Yuan
    • Danish Krone
    • Euro
    • British Pound
    • Hong Kong Dollar
    • Hungarian Forint
    • Japanese Yen
    • South Korean Won
    • Mexican Peso
    • Malaysian Ringgit
    • Norwegian Krone
    • New Zealand Dollar
    • Polish Zloty
    • Russian Ruble
    • Saudi Arabian Riyal
    • Swedish Krona
    • Singapore Dollar
    • Thai Baht
    • Turkish Lira
    • United States Dollar
    • South African Rand
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