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Education > Literacy > Male: 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) 100% 2011
=1 Norway 100% 2008
=1 Finland 100% 2000
=1 Liechtenstein 100% 2008
=1 Luxembourg 100% 2000
=1 Andorra 100% 2008
=1 Georgia 100% 2004
=1 Greenland 100% 2001
=9 Estonia 99.8% 2003
=9 Ukraine 99.8% 2003
=9 Latvia 99.8% 2003
=9 Belarus 99.8% 2003
=9 Kazakhstan 99.8% 1999
=9 Poland 99.8% 2003
=15 Slovakia 99.7% 2004
=15 Barbados 99.7% 2002
=15 Moldova 99.7% 2005
=15 Lithuania 99.7% 2003
=15 Slovenia 99.7% 2008
=15 Russia 99.7% 2003
=21 Tajikistan 99.6% 2003
=21 Uzbekistan 99.6% 2003
=21 Samoa 99.6% 2003
=24 Hungary 99.5% 2003
=24 Azerbaijan 99.5% 2003
=26 Armenia 99.4% 2003
=26 Croatia 99.4% 2003
=28 Turkmenistan 99.3% 1999
=28 South Korea 99.3% 2003
=28 Kyrgyzstan 99.3% 1999
31 Mongolia 99.2% 2003
=32 Trinidad and Tobago 99.1% 2003
=32 Bulgaria 99.1% 2003
=32 Romania 99.1% 2003
=32 Guyana 99.1% 2003
=36 Canada 99% 2003
=36 Saint Pierre and Miquelon 99% 1982
=36 Bosnia and Herzegovina 99% 2000
=36 Netherlands 99% 2003
=36 Monaco 99% 2003
=36 France 99% 2003
=36 Turks and Caicos Islands 99% 1970
=36 Ireland 99% 2003
=36 Australia 99% 2003
=36 Denmark 99% 2003
=36 Italy 99% 2003
=36 United Kingdom 99% 2003
=36 New Zealand 99% 2003
=36 Guam 99% 1990
=36 Czech Republic 99% 2003
=36 United States 99% 2003
=36 Sweden 99% 2003
=36 Japan 99% 2002
=36 Belgium 99% 2003
=36 Switzerland 99% 2003
=36 Iceland 99% 2003
=36 Germany 99% 2003
=36 North Korea 99% 2011
Group of 7 countries (G7) average (profile) 99% 2003
=59 Serbia and Montenegro 98.9% 2003
=59 Cyprus 98.9% 2003
61 Tonga 98.8% 1999
High income OECD countries average (profile) 98.76% 2003
European Union average (profile) 98.73% 2003
62 Spain 98.7% 2003
63 Greece 98.6% 2003
NATO countries average (profile) 98.6% 2003
64 Israel 98.5% 2004
=65 American Samoa 98% 1980
=65 Bermuda 98% 2005
=65 Cayman Islands 98% 1970
=65 French Polynesia 98% 1977
=65 Grenada 98% 1970
70 Uruguay 97.6% 2003
Non-religious countries average (profile) 97.6% 2003
=71 Thailand 97.5% 2003
=71 Aruba 97.5% 2000
73 Martinique 97.4% 2003
=74 Macau 97.2% 2003
=74 Cuba 97.2% 2003
=76 Hong Kong 97.1% 2003
=76 Argentina 97.1% 2003
=78 San Marino 97% 2011
=78 Saint Kitts and Nevis 97% 1980
=78 Northern Mariana Islands 97% 1980
=78 Montserrat 97% 1970
82 New Caledonia 96.8% 1996
=83 Gaza Strip 96.7% 2004
=83 Netherlands Antilles 96.7% 2003
=83 West Bank 96.7% 2004
=83 Singapore 96.7% 2003
=87 Peru 96.4% 2007
=87 Chile 96.4% 2003
=89 Philippines 96% 2003
=89 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 96% 1970
91 Costa Rica 95.9% 2003
92 Vietnam 95.8% 2003
93 China 95.7% 2007
=94 Portugal 95.5% 2003
=94 Fiji 95.5% 2003
96 Turkey 95.3% 2004
97 Jordan 95.1% 2003
98 Anguilla 95% 1984
99 Paraguay 94.9% 2003
=100 Brunei 94.8% 2003
=100 Sri Lanka 94.8% 2003
102 The Bahamas 94.7% 2003
103 Kuwait 94.4% 2005
104 Zimbabwe 94.2% 2003
105 Belize 94.1% 2003
=106 Dominica 94% 2003
=106 Indonesia 94% 2004
=106 Ecuador 94% 2003
109 Burma 93.9% 2006
110 Venezuela 93.8% 2003
111 Puerto Rico 93.7% 2002
112 Marshall Islands 93.6% 1999
Emerging markets average (profile) 93.37% 2003
=113 Albania 93.3% 2003
=113 Equatorial Guinea 93.3% 2003
115 Panama 93.2% 2003
=116 Lebanon 93.1% 2003
=116 Bolivia 93.1% 2003
=118 Palau 93% 1980
=118 Maldives 93% 2006
=120 Libya 92.4% 2003
=120 Malaysia 92.4% 2003
122 Sao Tome and Principe 92.2% 2001
123 Suriname 92% 2004
124 Bahrain 91.9% 2003
125 Malta 91.7% 2005
126 Seychelles 91.4% 2003
127 Federated States of Micronesia 91% 1980
Former Spanish colonies average (profile) 90.64% 2003
128 Kenya 90.6% 2003
129 Colombia 90.1% 2005
130 Congo, Republic of the 89.6% 2003
131 Saint Lucia 89.5% 2001
132 Qatar 89.1% 2004
133 Mauritius 88.6% 2003
134 Brazil 88.4% 2004
=135 South Africa 87% 2003
=135 Reunion 87% 2003
137 Mexico 86.9% 2005
=138 Oman 86.8% 2003
=138 Zambia 86.8% 2003
140 Syria 86% 2004
141 Tanzania 85.9% 2003
142 Cape Verde 85.8% 2003
143 Iran 85.6% 2003
=144 Cameroon 84.7% 2003
=144 Cambodia 84.7% 2004
=144 Saudi Arabia 84.7% 2003
Former British colonies average (profile) 84.64% 2003
147 Dominican Republic 84.6% 2003
148 Namibia 84.4% 2003
149 Jamaica 84.1% 2003
150 Tunisia 83.4% 2004
=151 Laos 83% 2005
=151 Egypt 83% 2005
153 Angola 82.9% 2001
154 El Salvador 82.8% 2007
155 Ghana 82.7% 2003
156 Swaziland 82.6% 2003
Middle Eastern and North Africa average (profile) 82.27% 2003
OPEC countries average (profile) 80.95% 2003
157 Botswana 80.4% 2003
158 Uganda 79.5% 2003
159 Algeria 78.8% 2003
=160 Guatemala 78% 2003
=160 Djibouti 78% 2003
162 Rwanda 76.3% 2003
163 Democratic Republic of the Congo 76.2% 2003
=164 Malawi 76.1% 2003
=164 United Arab Emirates 76.1% 2003
=164 Honduras 76.1% 2003
167 Nigeria 75.7% 2003
168 Madagascar 75.5% 2003
169 Togo 75.4% 2003
Muslim countries average (profile) 75.17% 2003
170 Lesotho 74.5% 2003
171 Gabon 73.7% 1995
172 Liberia 73.3% 2003
173 Papua New Guinea 72.3% 2003
174 Sudan 71.8% 2003
Sub-Saharan Africa average (profile) 70.55% 2003
175 Yemen 70.5% 2003
176 India 70.2% 2003
177 Eritrea 69.9% 2003
178 Nicaragua 67.2% 2003
Former French colonies average (profile) 65.9% 2003
179 Morocco 65.7% 2004
failed states average (profile) 64.37% 2003
180 Comoros 63.6% 2003
181 Mozambique 63.5% 2003
182 Central African Republic 63.3% 2003
183 Pakistan 63% 2005
184 Nepal 62.7% 2003
South Asia average (profile) 60.98% 2003
185 Bhutan 60% 2003
186 Burundi 58.5% 2003
187 Guinea-Bissau 58.1% 2003
188 Cote d'Ivoire 57.9% 2003
189 Chad 56% 2003
190 Iraq 55.9% 2003
191 Haiti 54.8% 2003
192 Bangladesh 53.9% 2003
193 Mali 53.5% 2003
194 Mauritania 51.8% 2003
195 Ethiopia 50.3% 2003
=196 Wallis and Futuna 50% 1969
=196 Senegal 50% 2003
198 Somalia 49.7% 2001
199 Benin 47.9% 2002
200 The Gambia 47.8% 2003
201 Sierra Leone 46.9% 2004
202 Afghanistan 43.1% 2000
203 Niger 42.9% 2005
204 Guinea 42.6% 2003
205 Burkina Faso 29.4% 2003

Citation

"Countries Compared by Education > Literacy > Male. 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/stats/Education/Literacy/Male

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