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Which country has the hardest Mathematics in their education curriculum?

As far as I know, probably France has the hardest Mathematics curriculum.

In France, in fact, Mathematics is not only an important subject, but the also the criterion of a real social sorting, allowing you ascend to the highest ranks in the government or in the private sector and has therefore an extremely high consideration  in the eye of french students.

The vast majority of the students who intend to pursue studies in the fields of Science or Engineering, spend the first two years (sometimes more) of their tertiary education attending the (in)famous  classes préparatoires aux grandes écoles. During those two years, the students exclusively prepare for selective admission tests, and only few are admitted to the best schools, such as the École polytechnique or the École normale supérieure.

Beyond the strict curriculum with a strong emphasis on theory and on rigorous demonstrations, the fierce competition often drives the student to surpass themselves and very few universities in the world can boast entrance exams as hard as those of the best french schools.

From a certain point of view, it's one of the most meritocratic selection processes in the world, even if it doesn't lack detractors and critics. Many think, in fact, that the academic or professional career of someone shouldn't be determined almost exclusively by a the ability to solve complex Mathematics problem at twenty or criticize the excessive emphasis on mathematics at the cost of other important skills.

Whether this is true or not, France still has an extremely hard Mathematics curriculum and can boast significantly more Fields Medals per capita than any other country.

Fun fact : All the french Fields medalists have studied, at undergrad level, at the Ecole normale supérieure in Paris which, alone, produced more medalists (still talking of undergrad) than all the universities in the Ivy League, Cambridge, Oxford and MIT ... combined.

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