Have you ever wondered what South Korea is ahead in? I compiled a list of 20 areas where the Land of the Morning Calm ranks at the top. Some may be obvious, but others may surprise you.
1. Most Plastic Surgery
South Korea has the highest ratio of plastic surgery procedures per capita. According to Trend Monitor, as many as 1 in 5 women have undergone some sort of procedure in Seoul. “Plastic surgery can change your life” (and your bank account).
2. Best Student Skills
Among OECD countries, South Korean students were found to have the highest averagePISA scores, at 542. This test measures the knowledge of students around the age of 15 in areas such as reading, mathematics, and science.
3. Most Graduates in Natural Sciences and Engineering
South Korea ranked as having the highest percentage (32%) of graduates in the natural sciences and engineering among OECD countries.
South Korea actually has the most suicides (28.9) per 100,000 people in Asia, and is ranked 2nd in the world, behind only Guyana. Now that’s depressing.
8. First Movable Metal Type
South Korea pioneered the 1st movable metal type printing press in the 13th century, with the first book printed using this method in 1377.
9. Most Heavily Guarded Border
With South Korea’s bellicose history and hostile diplomatic atmosphere with its norther neighbor, it’s no surprise that the DMZ is the world’s most heavily guarded border, separating South and North Korea.
OK, there is no real consensus on this argument, but, when you search online, you can find several company blogs that rank South Korea as having the best English-teaching packages for expats, such as those by International TEFL Academy, Nomadic Matt, and Tripbase.