Finland is an interesting place and you can read all about it at the link below. But what makes me look on with envy is that the country had the political will to take their education system and turn it upside down and inside out.
Finland has quietly built the world's most successful public education system.
Finnish students have been consistently at the top of international surveys, tests and rankings over the past decade, a status earned by going completely against the grain of conventional thinking on how to improve education."
Finland on Wikipedia