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Education > Literacy > Female: Countries Compared

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..

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# COUNTRY AMOUNT DATE GRAPH HISTORY
1 Holy See (Vatican City)Vatican City 100% 2011
2 NorwayNorway 100% 2008
3 FinlandFinland 100% 2000
4 LiechtensteinLiechtenstein 100% 2008
5 LuxembourgLuxembourg 100% 2000
6 AndorraAndorra 100% 2008
7 GeorgiaGeorgia 100% 2004
8 GreenlandGreenland 100% 2001
9 EstoniaEstonia 99.8% 2003
10 LatviaLatvia 99.8% 2003
11 BarbadosBarbados 99.7% 2002
12 SamoaSamoa 99.7% 2003
13 PolandPoland 99.7% 2003
14 SlovakiaSlovakia 99.6% 2004
15 LithuaniaLithuania 99.6% 2003
16 SloveniaSlovenia 99.6% 2008
17 UkraineUkraine 99.6% 2003
18 RussiaRussia 99.5% 2003
19 BelarusBelarus 99.5% 2003
20 HungaryHungary 99.3% 2003
21 KazakhstanKazakhstan 99.3% 1999
22 TajikistanTajikistan 99.1% 2003
23 CanadaCanada 99% 2003
24 Saint Pierre and MiquelonSt Pierre+ 99% 1982
25 NetherlandsNetherlands 99% 2003
26 MonacoMonaco 99% 2003
27 FranceFrance 99% 2003
28 IrelandIreland 99% 2003
29 AustraliaAustralia 99% 2003
30 DenmarkDenmark 99% 2003
31 UzbekistanUzbekistan 99% 2003
32 United KingdomUnited Kingdom 99% 2003
33 New ZealandNew Zealand 99% 2003
34 GuamGuam 99% 1990
35 Czech RepublicCzech Republic 99% 2003
36 MongoliaMongolia 99% 2003
37 BermudaBermuda 99% 2005
38 TongaTonga 99% 1999
39 United StatesUnited States 99% 2003
40 SwedenSweden 99% 2003
41 JapanJapan 99% 2002
42 BelgiumBelgium 99% 2003
43 SwitzerlandSwitzerland 99% 2003
44 IcelandIceland 99% 2003
45 GermanyGermany 99% 2003
46 North KoreaNorth Korea 99% 2011
Group of 7 countries (G7) averageGroup of 7 countries (G7) average 98.88% 2003
47 MoldovaMoldova 98.6% 2005
48 GuyanaGuyana 98.5% 2003
49 UruguayUruguay 98.4% 2003
50 TurkmenistanTurkmenistan 98.3% 1999
51 ItalyItaly 98.3% 2003
52 AzerbaijanAzerbaijan 98.2% 2003
53 BulgariaBulgaria 98.2% 2003
High income OECD countries averageHigh income OECD countries average 98.16% 2003
European Union averageEuropean Union average 98.15% 2003
54 MartiniqueMartinique 98.1% 2003
55 KyrgyzstanKyrgyzstan 98.1% 1999
56 Turks and Caicos IslandsTurks+ 98% 1970
57 Trinidad and TobagoTrinidad+ 98% 2003
58 Saint Kitts and NevisSt Kitts+ 98% 1980
59 ArmeniaArmenia 98% 2003
60 Cayman IslandsCayman Islands 98% 1970
61 French PolynesiaFr. Polynesia 98% 1977
62 GrenadaGrenada 98% 1970
63 CroatiaCroatia 97.8% 2003
64 RomaniaRomania 97.7% 2003
65 SpainSpain 97.2% 2003
66 ArubaAruba 97.1% 2000
67 ArgentinaArgentina 97.1% 2003
68 South KoreaSouth Korea 97% 2003
69 American SamoaAmerican Samoa 97% 1980
70 MontserratMontserrat 97% 1970
71 CubaCuba 96.9% 2003
NATO countries averageNATO average 96.83% 2003
72 Netherlands AntillesN. Antilles 96.8% 2003
73 GreeceGreece 96.5% 2003
74 The BahamasThe Bahamas 96.5% 2003
75 CyprusCyprus 96.3% 2003
76 Costa RicaCosta Rica 96.1% 2003
77 ChileChile 96.1% 2003
78 Saint Vincent and the GrenadinesSt Vincent+ 96% 1970
79 Northern Mariana IslandsN. Mariana 96% 1980
80 IsraelIsrael 95.9% 2004
81 PhilippinesPhilippines 95.8% 2003
82 New CaledoniaNew Caledonia 95.5% 1996
83 AnguillaAnguilla 95% 1984
84 San MarinoSan Marino 95% 2011
85 MaldivesMaldives 94.7% 2006
86 ThailandThailand 94.6% 2003
87 LesothoLesotho 94.5% 2003
88 Bosnia and HerzegovinaBosnia+ 94.4% 2000
89 Puerto RicoPuerto Rico 94.4% 2002
90 Serbia and MontenegroSerbia+ 94.1% 2003
91 BelizeBelize 94.1% 2003
92 DominicaDominica 94% 2003
93 MaltaMalta 93.9% 2005
Non-religious countries averageNon-religious countries average 93.86% 2003
94 Marshall IslandsMarshall Isl. 93.7% 1999
95 VenezuelaVenezuela 93.1% 2003
96 ParaguayParaguay 93% 2003
97 VietnamVietnam 92.3% 2003
98 SeychellesSeychelles 92.3% 2003
99 MacauMacau 92% 2003
100 PanamaPanama 91.9% 2003
101 FijiFiji 91.9% 2003
102 JamaicaJamaica 91.6% 2003
103 PortugalPortugal 91.3% 2003
104 EcuadorEcuador 91% 2003
105 KuwaitKuwait 91% 2005
106 ReunionReunion 90.8% 2003
107 ColombiaColombia 90.7% 2005
108 Saint LuciaSaint Lucia 90.6% 2001
109 Hong KongHong Kong 90.5% 2003
110 PalauPalau 90% 1980
111 Sri LankaSri Lanka 90% 2003
112 SingaporeSingapore 89.7% 2003
113 PeruPeru 89.4% 2007
114 BrazilBrazil 88.8% 2004
Emerging markets averageEmerging markets average 88.72% 2003
115 QatarQatar 88.6% 2004
116 BruneiBrunei 88.5% 2003
117 Gaza StripGaza Strip 88% 2004
118 West BankWest Bank 88% 2004
119 Federated States of MicronesiaMicronesia 88% 1980
120 ChinaChina 87.6% 2007
Former Spanish colonies averageFormer Spanish colonies average 87.46% 2003
121 SurinameSuriname 87.2% 2004
122 ZimbabweZimbabwe 87.2% 2003
123 IndonesiaIndonesia 86.8% 2004
124 BurmaBurma 86.4% 2006
125 South AfricaSouth Africa 85.7% 2003
126 MalaysiaMalaysia 85.4% 2003
127 MexicoMexico 85.3% 2005
128 BahrainBahrain 85% 2003
129 Dominican RepublicDominican Rep. 84.8% 2003
130 JordanJordan 84.7% 2003
131 NamibiaNamibia 83.7% 2003
132 MauritiusMauritius 82.7% 2003
133 LebanonLebanon 82.2% 2003
134 BotswanaBotswana 81.8% 2003
135 United Arab EmiratesUAE 81.7% 2003
136 BoliviaBolivia 81.6% 2003
137 SwazilandSwaziland 80.8% 2003
138 KenyaKenya 79.7% 2003
139 TurkeyTurkey 79.6% 2004
140 El SalvadorEl Salvador 79.6% 2007
141 AlbaniaAlbania 79.5% 2003
142 TaiwanTaiwan 79% 1980
143 Congo, Republic of theCongo, Republic of the 78.4% 2003
144 Equatorial GuineaEqu. Guinea 78.4% 2003
145 Sao Tome and PrincipeSoa Tome+ 77.9% 2001
Former British colonies averageFormer British colonies average 76.65% 2003
146 HondurasHonduras 76.3% 2003
147 ZambiaZambia 74.8% 2003
148 SyriaSyria 73.6% 2004
149 OmanOman 73.5% 2003
150 CameroonCameroon 73.4% 2003
151 IranIran 73% 2003
152 LibyaLibya 72% 2003
153 Saudi ArabiaSaudi Arabia 70.8% 2003
154 TanzaniaTanzania 70.7% 2003
OPEC countries averageOPEC countries average 70.33% 2003
155 Cape VerdeCape Verde 69.2% 2003
156 NicaraguaNicaragua 67.8% 2003
Middle Eastern and North Africa averageMiddle Eastern and North Africa average 67.41% 2003
157 GhanaGhana 67.1% 2003
158 TunisiaTunisia 65.3% 2004
159 RwandaRwanda 64.7% 2003
160 CambodiaCambodia 64.1% 2004
161 GuatemalaGuatemala 63.3% 2003
162 LaosLaos 63% 2005
163 MadagascarMadagascar 62.5% 2003
164 AlgeriaAlgeria 61% 2003
Muslim countries averageMuslim countries average 60.7% 2003
165 NigeriaNigeria 60.6% 2003
166 UgandaUganda 60.4% 2003
167 EgyptEgypt 59.4% 2005
168 Papua New GuineaPapua NG 59.3% 2003
169 DjiboutiDjibouti 58.4% 2003
Sub-Saharan Africa averageSub-Saharan Africa average 55.87% 2003
170 Democratic Republic of the CongoCongo, DR. 55.1% 2003
171 AngolaAngola 54.2% 2001
172 GabonGabon 53.3% 1995
173 HaitiHaiti 51.2% 2003
174 SudanSudan 50.5% 2003
175 Wallis and FutunaWallis+ 50% 1969
176 MalawiMalawi 49.8% 2003
177 ComorosComoros 49.3% 2003
178 IndiaIndia 48.3% 2003
179 EritreaEritrea 47.6% 2003
Former French colonies averageFormer French colonies average 47.6% 2003
180 TogoTogo 46.9% 2003
181 BurundiBurundi 45.2% 2003
182 Cote d'IvoireCote d'Ivoire 43.6% 2003
Failed states averageFailed states average 42.92% 2003
183 LiberiaLiberia 41.6% 2003
184 Central African RepublicCentral Africa 39.9% 2003
185 MoroccoMorocco 39.6% 2004
186 MaliMali 39.6% 2003
187 ChadChad 39.3% 2003
South Asia averageSouth Asia average 36.17% 2003
188 PakistanPakistan 36% 2005
189 EthiopiaEthiopia 35.1% 2003
190 BhutanBhutan 34% 2003
191 The GambiaThe Gambia 32.8% 2003
192 MozambiqueMozambique 32.7% 2003
193 MauritaniaMauritania 31.9% 2003
194 BangladeshBangladesh 31.8% 2003
195 SenegalSenegal 30.7% 2003
196 YemenYemen 30% 2003
197 NepalNepal 27.6% 2003
198 Guinea-BissauGuinea-Bissau 27.4% 2003
199 SomaliaSomalia 25.8% 2001
200 Sierra LeoneSierra Leone 24.4% 2004
201 IraqIraq 24.4% 2003
202 BeninBenin 23.3% 2002
203 GuineaGuinea 18.1% 2003
204 Burkina FasoBurkina Faso 15.2% 2003
205 NigerNiger 15.1% 2005
206 AfghanistanAfghanistan 12.6% 2000

Citation

"All countries compared for Education > Literacy > Female", CIA World Factbooks 18 December 2003 to 28 March 2011. Aggregates compiled by NationMaster. Retrieved from http://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/stats/Education/Literacy/Female

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