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

Edria Murray, Staff Editor

Author: Edria Murray, Staff Editor

Traditionally literacy statistics have divided adults into two groups, those who can read and those who cannot. This division is misleading as the level of literacy of adults is really a continuum. Many who would pass the 'literate' threshold may have difficulty with information involving complex tasks or instructions that are not clearly laid out.

In this study, moderate literacy is roughly equivalent to the skill level required for successful completion of secondary education.



Note that this statistic excludes people who function at a high level. See also Adults with at least moderate literacy

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

CONTENTS

# COUNTRY AMOUNT DATE GRAPH
1 Netherlands 44.2% 1998
2 Denmark 42.6% 1998
3 Norway 40.9% 1998
4 Germany 39.5% 1998
5 Sweden 39.4% 1998
=6 Finland 38.1% 1998
=6 Czech Republic 38.1% 1998
8 Australia 37.7% 1998
9 Switzerland 36.6% 1998
10 Canada 32.1% 1998
11 New Zealand 31.9% 1998
12 Ireland 31.5% 1998
13 United States 31.4% 1998
14 United Kingdom 30.5% 1998
15 Hungary 25% 1998
16 Poland 18% 1998
17 Portugal 16.6% 1998

Citation

"Countries Compared by Education > Literacy > Adults at moderate 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-moderate-literacy-level

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Traditionally literacy statistics have divided adults into two groups, those who can read and those who cannot. This division is misleading as the level of literacy of adults is really a continuum. Many who would pass the 'literate' threshold may have difficulty with information involving complex tasks or instructions that are not clearly laid out.

In this study, moderate literacy is roughly equivalent to the skill level required for successful completion of secondary education.



Note that this statistic excludes people who function at a high level. See also Adults with at least moderate literacy

Posted on 12 Jan 2005

Edria Murray, Staff Editor

Edria Murray, Staff Editor

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