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Education > Literacy > Adults at high literacy level: Countries Compared

DEFINITION: Percentage of adults whose level of document literacy is rated 'high'. Data for 1998.

CONTENTS

# COUNTRY AMOUNT DATE GRAPH
1 Sweden 35.5% 1998
2 Norway 29.4% 1998
3 Denmark 25.4% 1998
=4 Finland 25.1% 1998
=4 Canada 25.1% 1998
6 Netherlands 20% 1998
7 Czech Republic 19.6% 1998
8 United Kingdom 19.1% 1998
9 United States 19% 1998
10 Germany 18.9% 1998
11 New Zealand 17.6% 1998
12 Australia 17.4% 1998
13 Switzerland 16.1% 1998
14 Ireland 11.5% 1998
15 Hungary 8% 1998
16 Poland 5.8% 1998
17 Portugal 3.2% 1998

Citation

"Countries Compared by Education > Literacy > Adults at high literacy level. International Statistics at NationMaster.com", OECD. Aggregates compiled by NationMaster. Retrieved from http://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/stats/Education/Literacy/Adults-at-high-literacy-level

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Interesting observations about Education > Literacy > Adults at high literacy level

All of the top 4 countries by literacy > adults at high literacy level are Christian.
All of the top 3 countries by literacy > adults at high literacy level are European.
All of the top 5 countries by literacy > adults at high literacy level are Cold countries'.
16 of the bottom 17 countries by literacy > adults at high literacy level are High income OECD.
Germany ranked last for literacy > adults at high literacy level amongst Group of 7 countries (G7) in 1998.
Canada ranked first for literacy > adults at high literacy level amongst English speaking countries in 1998.
All of the bottom 4 countries by literacy > adults at high literacy level are European Union.
Australia ranked last for literacy > adults at high literacy level amongst Non-religious countries in 1998.
All of the bottom 3 countries by literacy > adults at high literacy level are NATO.
3 of the top 5 countries by literacy > adults at high literacy level are Sparsely populated.

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What does the term 'high literacy level' actually mean? Statistics for things like 'low', 'mid', and 'high' literacy are meaningless without a clear definition of what these terms are intended to reflect. Why aren't these definitions, and criteria used to evaluate them featured more prominently on the site?

Posted on 07 Sep 2009

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