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People > Literacy > Male: Countries Compared

DEFINITION: This entry is derived from People > Literacy, which 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 the Factbook. Information on literacy, while not a perfect measure of educational results, is probably the most easily available and valid for international comparisons. Low levels of literacy, and education in general, can impede the economic development of a country in the current rapidly changing, technology-driven world.

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# COUNTRY AMOUNT DATE GRAPH HISTORY
=1 Holy See (Vatican City) 100% 2013
=1 Norway 100% 2013
=1 Finland 100% 2013
=1 Liechtenstein 100% 2013
=1 Luxembourg 100% 2013
=1 Andorra 100% 2013
=1 Greenland 100% 2013
=1 North Korea 100% 2013
=9 Azerbaijan 99.9% 2013
=9 Poland 99.9% 2013
=11 Tajikistan 99.8% 2013
=11 Georgia 99.8% 2013
=11 Estonia 99.8% 2013
=11 Cuba 99.8% 2013
=11 Ukraine 99.8% 2013
=11 Latvia 99.8% 2013
=11 Belarus 99.8% 2013
=11 Kazakhstan 99.8% 2013
Former Soviet republics average (profile) 99.73% 2013
=19 Turkmenistan 99.7% 2013
=19 Slovakia 99.7% 2013
=19 Barbados 99.7% 2013
=19 Lithuania 99.7% 2013
=19 Slovenia 99.7% 2013
=19 Armenia 99.7% 2013
=19 Russia 99.7% 2013
26 Uzbekistan 99.6% 2013
=27 Bosnia and Herzegovina 99.5% 2013
=27 Moldova 99.5% 2013
=27 Croatia 99.5% 2013
=27 Kyrgyzstan 99.5% 2013
31 Montenegro 99.4% 2013
32 Cyprus 99.3% 2013
Eastern Europe average (profile) 99.25% 2013
=33 South Korea 99.2% 2013
=33 Italy 99.2% 2013
=33 Trinidad and Tobago 99.2% 2013
=33 Hungary 99.2% 2013
=33 Serbia 99.2% 2013
High income OECD countries average (profile) 99.08% 2013
NATO countries average (profile) 99.05% 2013
Group of 7 countries (G7) average (profile) 99.03% 2013
=38 Canada 99% 2013
=38 Saint Pierre and Miquelon 99% 2013
=38 Netherlands 99% 2013
=38 Monaco 99% 2013
=38 France 99% 2013
=38 Turks and Caicos Islands 99% 2013
=38 Ireland 99% 2013
=38 Australia 99% 2013
=38 Denmark 99% 2013
=38 United Kingdom 99% 2013
=38 Samoa 99% 2013
=38 New Zealand 99% 2013
=38 Guam 99% 2013
=38 Czech Republic 99% 2013
=38 Tonga 99% 2013
=38 United States 99% 2013
=38 Sweden 99% 2013
=38 Japan 99% 2013
=38 Belgium 99% 2013
=38 Switzerland 99% 2013
=38 Iceland 99% 2013
=38 Germany 99% 2013
Europe average (profile) 98.99% 2013
European Union average (profile) 98.85% 2013
=60 Republic of Macedonia 98.7% 2013
=60 Cayman Islands 98.7% 2013
=60 Bulgaria 98.7% 2013
Eurozone average (profile) 98.68% 2013
63 Chile 98.6% 2013
Potential Future EU Members average (profile) 98.54% 2013
=64 Israel 98.5% 2013
=64 Spain 98.5% 2013
=66 Maldives 98.4% 2013
=66 Greece 98.4% 2013
=66 Antigua and Barbuda 98.4% 2013
Non-religious countries average (profile) 98.38% 2013
69 Romania 98.3% 2013
=70 American Samoa 98% 2013
=70 Albania 98% 2013
=70 Bermuda 98% 2013
=70 French Polynesia 98% 2013
=70 Singapore 98% 2013
=75 Turkey 97.9% 2013
=75 Gaza Strip 97.9% 2013
=75 West Bank 97.9% 2013
Cold countries average (profile) 97.81% 2013
=78 Argentina 97.8% 2013
=78 Macau 97.8% 2013
80 Jordan 97.7% 2013
81 Uruguay 97.6% 2013
Southern Europe average (profile) 97.58% 2013
82 China 97.5% 2013
83 Equatorial Guinea 97.1% 2013
Tourist destinations average (profile) 97.01% 2013
=84 Saint Helena, Ascension, and Tristan da Cunha 97% 2013
=84 Saint Helena 97% 2011
=84 Portugal 97% 2013
=84 San Marino 97% 2013
=84 Northern Mariana Islands 97% 2013
=84 Brunei 97% 2013
=84 Montserrat 97% 2013
=91 Hong Kong 96.9% 2013
=91 Aruba 96.9% 2013
=93 Mongolia 96.8% 2013
=93 New Caledonia 96.8% 2013
95 Kosovo 96.6% 2013
96 Qatar 96.5% 2013
97 Bahrain 96.1% 2013
=98 Costa Rica 96% 2013
=98 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 96% 2013
=100 Libya 95.8% 2013
=100 Bolivia 95.8% 2013
102 Venezuela 95.7% 2013
=103 Indonesia 95.6% 2013
=103 Thailand 95.6% 2013
105 Fiji 95.5% 2013
=106 Malaysia 95.4% 2013
=106 Suriname 95.4% 2013
=106 Vietnam 95.4% 2013
109 Burma 95.1% 2013
=110 Philippines 95% 2013
=110 Anguilla 95% 2013
=110 Kuwait 95% 2013
Emerging markets average (profile) 95% 2013
113 Peru 94.9% 2013
=114 Mexico 94.8% 2013
=114 Paraguay 94.8% 2013
=116 Panama 94.7% 2013
=116 The Bahamas 94.7% 2013
118 Dominica 94% 2013
119 South Africa 93.9% 2013
120 Marshall Islands 93.6% 2013
121 Colombia 93.5% 2013
122 Lebanon 93.4% 2013
Heavily indebted countries average (profile) 93.17% 2013
123 Ecuador 93.1% 2013
Former Spanish colonies average (profile) 93.05% 2013
124 Palau 93% 2013
East Asia and Pacific average (profile) 92.77% 2013
125 Sri Lanka 92.6% 2013
Catholic countries average (profile) 92.53% 2013
126 Gabon 92.3% 2013
127 Guyana 92% 2013
Latin America and Caribbean average (profile) 91.87% 2013
128 Seychelles 91.4% 2013
129 Malta 91.2% 2013
130 Mauritius 91.1% 2013
Christian countries average (profile) 91.09% 2013
131 Federated States of Micronesia 91% 2013
132 Saudi Arabia 90.8% 2013
133 Kenya 90.6% 2013
134 Syria 90.3% 2013
135 Oman 90.2% 2013
136 Brazil 90.1% 2013
137 Dominican Republic 90% 2013
Middle Eastern and North Africa average (profile) 89.87% 2013
=138 Cape Verde 89.7% 2013
=138 Puerto Rico 89.7% 2013
140 Congo, Republic of the 89.6% 2013
=141 United Arab Emirates 89.5% 2013
=141 Saint Lucia 89.5% 2013
143 Iran 89.3% 2013
144 Namibia 89% 2013
145 Solomon Islands 88.9% 2013
OPEC countries average (profile) 88.6% 2013
146 Swaziland 88.4% 2013
147 Zimbabwe 87.8% 2013
148 Tunisia 87.4% 2013
149 El Salvador 87.1% 2013
Religious countries average (profile) 86.44% 2013
Former British colonies average (profile) 86.11% 2013
150 Iraq 86% 2013
151 Honduras 85.3% 2013
152 Botswana 84.6% 2013
Sparsely populated countries average (profile) 83.94% 2013
Hot countries average (profile) 83.52% 2013
Landlocked countries average (profile) 83.5% 2013
153 Lesotho 83.3% 2013
154 Cambodia 82.8% 2013
South and Central Asia average (profile) 82.65% 2013
=155 Angola 82.6% 2013
=155 Uganda 82.6% 2013
157 Laos 82.5% 2013
=158 Yemen 82.1% 2013
=158 Jamaica 82.1% 2013
160 Egypt 81.7% 2013
161 Algeria 81.3% 2013
162 Guatemala 81.2% 2013
163 Malawi 81.1% 2013
Muslim countries average (profile) 80.73% 2013
164 Sudan 80.7% 2013
165 Comoros 80.5% 2013
166 Sao Tome and Principe 80.3% 2013
167 Eritrea 79.5% 2013
=168 Cameroon 78.3% 2013
=168 Ghana 78.3% 2013
170 Nicaragua 78.1% 2013
171 Djibouti 78% 2013
172 Democratic Republic of the Congo 76.9% 2013
173 Belize 76.7% 2013
174 Morocco 76.1% 2013
175 Tanzania 75.5% 2013
176 India 75.2% 2013
177 Rwanda 74.8% 2013
178 Togo 74.1% 2013
179 Burundi 72.9% 2013
Sub-Saharan Africa average (profile) 72.15% 2013
180 Nigeria 72.1% 2013
181 Zambia 71.9% 2013
182 Nepal 71.1% 2013
183 Mozambique 70.8% 2013
Former French colonies average (profile) 69.65% 2013
184 Central African Republic 69.6% 2013
185 Guinea-Bissau 68.9% 2013
186 Pakistan 68.6% 2013
187 Madagascar 67.4% 2013
188 Cote d'Ivoire 65.6% 2013
189 Papua New Guinea 65.4% 2013
190 Mauritania 65.3% 2013
failed states average (profile) 65.13% 2013
191 Bhutan 65% 2013
192 Liberia 64.8% 2013
193 East Timor 63.6% 2013
South Asia average (profile) 62.78% 2013
194 Bangladesh 62% 2013
195 Senegal 61.8% 2013
196 The Gambia 60.9% 2013
197 Benin 55.2% 2013
198 Sierra Leone 54.7% 2013
199 Haiti 53.4% 2013
200 Guinea 52% 2013
201 Wallis and Futuna 50% 2013
202 Somalia 49.7% 2013
203 Ethiopia 49.1% 2013
204 Chad 45.6% 2013
=205 Afghanistan 43.1% 2013
=205 Mali 43.1% 2013
207 Niger 42.9% 2013
208 South Sudan 40% 2013
209 Burkina Faso 36.7% 2013

Citation

"Countries Compared by People > Literacy > Male. International Statistics at NationMaster.com", CIA World Factbooks 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013. Aggregates compiled by NationMaster. Retrieved from http://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/stats/People/Literacy/Male

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