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Former British colonies Compared by Education > Literacy > Total population

DEFINITION: This entry includes a definition of literacy and Census Bureau percentages for the total population, males, and females. There are no universal definitions and standards of literacy. Unless otherwise specified, all rates are based on the most common definition - the ability to read and write at a specified age. Detailing the standards that individual countries use to assess the ability to read and write is beyond the scope of our source. Information on literacy, while not a perfect measure of educational results, is probably the most easily available and valid for international comparisons.

CONTENTS

# COUNTRY AMOUNT DATE GRAPH HISTORY
1 Barbados 99.7% 2002
=2 Australia 99% 2003
=2 United States 99% 2003
=2 Canada 99% 2003
=2 New Zealand 99% 2003
6 Guyana 98.8% 2003
7 Trinidad and Tobago 98.6% 2003
8 Saint Kitts and Nevis 97.8% 2003
9 Israel 97.1% 2004
10 Grenada 96% 2003
11 The Bahamas 95.6% 2003
12 Belize 94.1% 2003
13 Dominica 94% 2003
14 Maldives 93.8% 2006
15 Fiji 93.7% 2003
16 Kuwait 93.3% 2005
17 Singapore 93.2% 2003
18 Sri Lanka 92.3% 2003
19 Brunei 91.8% 2003
20 Zimbabwe 90.7% 2003
21 Saint Lucia 90.1% 2001
=22 Burma 89.9% 2006
=22 Jordan 89.9% 2003
24 Bahrain 89.1% 2003
25 Qatar 89% 2004
26 Malaysia 88.9% 2003
27 Jamaica 87.9% 2003
28 Antigua and Barbuda 85.8% 2003
29 Kenya 85.1% 2003
30 Lesotho 84.8% 2003
31 Namibia 84% 2003
32 Swaziland 81.6% 2003
33 Botswana 81.2% 2003
34 Zambia 80.6% 2003
35 Tanzania 78.2% 2003
36 United Arab Emirates 77.9% 2003
37 Ghana 74.8% 2003
38 Egypt 71.4% 2005
39 Uganda 69.9% 2003
40 Nigeria 68% 2003
41 Malawi 62.7% 2003
42 Sudan 61.1% 2003
43 India 59.5% 2003
44 Yemen 50.2% 2003
45 Pakistan 49.9% 2005
46 Bhutan 47% 2003
47 Bangladesh 43.1% 2003
48 The Gambia 40.1% 2003
49 Somalia 37.8% 2001
50 Sierra Leone 35.1% 2004

Citation

"Countries Compared by Education > Literacy > Total population. International Statistics at NationMaster.com", CIA World Factbooks 18 December 2003 to 28 March 2011. Aggregates compiled by NationMaster. Retrieved from http://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/group-stats/Former-British-colonies/Education/Literacy/Total-population

Former British colonies Compared by Education > Literacy > Total population

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Interesting observations about Education > Literacy > Total population

  • All of the top 4 countries by literacy > total population are Christian.
  • All of the top 2 countries by literacy > total population are Cold countries'.
  • All of the top 3 countries by literacy > total population are European.
  • All of the top 2 countries by literacy > total population are Tourist destination.
  • All of the top 2 countries by literacy > total population are Landlocked.
  • All of the top 2 countries by literacy > total population are Catholic.
  • Finland has ranked in the top 2 for literacy > total population since 1980.
  • Bermuda has ranked in the top 3 for literacy > total population since 1970.
  • Barbados has ranked in the top 3 for literacy > total population since 1995.
  • Japan has ranked in the top 4 for literacy > total population since 1995.
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