A study has found that New Zealand 14-year-olds have an above-average understanding of civics, even though the topic is not taught in schools in this country.
The International Civic and Citizenship Education Study tested 140,000 children in 38 countries on subjects including the role of unions and public debate.
Only 10 countries had a significantly higher score than New Zealand.
Foremost among them were Finland, Denmark and South Korea with average scores of 576 against an international average of 500.
New Zealand scored 517 points, similar to England, Slovenia and Norway.