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People > Literacy > Total population: 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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  • Gibraltar: above 80% (2013)
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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 Estonia 99.8% 2013
=9 Azerbaijan 99.8% 2013
=9 Cuba 99.8% 2013
=9 Latvia 99.8% 2013
=13 Tajikistan 99.7% 2013
=13 Barbados 99.7% 2013
=13 Georgia 99.7% 2013
=13 Lithuania 99.7% 2013
=13 Slovenia 99.7% 2013
=13 Ukraine 99.7% 2013
=13 Russia 99.7% 2013
=13 Kazakhstan 99.7% 2013
=13 Poland 99.7% 2013
=22 Turkmenistan 99.6% 2013
=22 Slovakia 99.6% 2013
=22 Armenia 99.6% 2013
=22 Belarus 99.6% 2013
Former Soviet republics average (profile) 99.6% 2013
26 Uzbekistan 99.4% 2013
27 Kyrgyzstan 99.2% 2013
=28 Canada 99% 2013
=28 Saint Pierre and Miquelon 99% 2013
=28 Netherlands 99% 2013
=28 Monaco 99% 2013
=28 France 99% 2013
=28 Ireland 99% 2013
=28 Australia 99% 2013
=28 Denmark 99% 2013
=28 Moldova 99% 2013
=28 Italy 99% 2013
=28 Hungary 99% 2013
=28 United Kingdom 99% 2013
=28 New Zealand 99% 2013
=28 Guam 99% 2013
=28 Czech Republic 99% 2013
=28 Tonga 99% 2013
=28 United States 99% 2013
=28 Sweden 99% 2013
=28 Japan 99% 2013
=28 Belgium 99% 2013
=28 Switzerland 99% 2013
=28 Antigua and Barbuda 99% 2013
=28 Iceland 99% 2013
=28 Germany 99% 2013
Group of 7 countries (G7) average (profile) 99% 2013
=52 Cayman Islands 98.9% 2013
=52 Croatia 98.9% 2013
High income OECD countries average (profile) 98.83% 2013
=54 Trinidad and Tobago 98.8% 2013
=54 Samoa 98.8% 2013
56 Cyprus 98.7% 2013
NATO countries average (profile) 98.65% 2013
European Union average (profile) 98.64% 2013
Eastern Europe average (profile) 98.61% 2013
57 Chile 98.6% 2013
Europe average (profile) 98.53% 2013
58 Montenegro 98.5% 2013
Eurozone average (profile) 98.47% 2013
=59 Maldives 98.4% 2013
=59 Bulgaria 98.4% 2013
61 Uruguay 98.1% 2013
=62 Bosnia and Herzegovina 98% 2013
=62 Turks and Caicos Islands 98% 2013
=62 Serbia 98% 2013
=62 Bermuda 98% 2013
=62 Austria 98% 2013
=62 French Polynesia 98% 2013
=68 South Korea 97.9% 2013
=68 Argentina 97.9% 2013
=70 Saint Kitts and Nevis 97.8% 2013
=70 British Virgin Islands 97.8% 2013
=72 Spain 97.7% 2013
=72 Romania 97.7% 2013
Non-religious countries average (profile) 97.45% 2013
=74 Republic of Macedonia 97.4% 2013
=74 Mongolia 97.4% 2013
76 Greece 97.3% 2013
77 Israel 97.1% 2013
Southern Europe average (profile) 97.06% 2013
Cold countries average (profile) 97.04% 2013
=78 Saint Helena, Ascension, and Tristan da Cunha 97% 2013
=78 Saint Helena 97% 2011
=78 American Samoa 97% 2013
=78 Northern Mariana Islands 97% 2013
=78 Montserrat 97% 2013
=83 Aruba 96.8% 2013
=83 Albania 96.8% 2013
Tourist destinations average (profile) 96.75% 2013
Potential Future EU Members average (profile) 96.71% 2013
=85 Costa Rica 96.3% 2013
=85 Qatar 96.3% 2013
87 New Caledonia 96.2% 2013
88 Taiwan 96.1% 2013
=89 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 96% 2013
=89 San Marino 96% 2013
=89 Grenada 96% 2013
=92 Jordan 95.9% 2013
=92 Singapore 95.9% 2013
=94 The Bahamas 95.6% 2013
=94 Macau 95.6% 2013
96 Venezuela 95.5% 2013
=97 Portugal 95.4% 2013
=97 Philippines 95.4% 2013
=97 Brunei 95.4% 2013
=100 Gaza Strip 95.3% 2013
=100 West Bank 95.3% 2013
102 China 95.1% 2013
=103 Anguilla 95% 2013
=103 Niue 95% 2013
=103 Cook Islands 95% 2013
106 Suriname 94.7% 2013
107 Bahrain 94.6% 2013
108 Equatorial Guinea 94.2% 2013
=109 Turkey 94.1% 2013
=109 Panama 94.1% 2013
111 Dominica 94% 2013
=112 Paraguay 93.9% 2013
=112 Kuwait 93.9% 2013
=114 Fiji 93.7% 2013
=114 Marshall Islands 93.7% 2013
116 Colombia 93.6% 2013
=117 Thailand 93.5% 2013
=117 Hong Kong 93.5% 2013
=117 Mexico 93.5% 2013
120 Vietnam 93.4% 2013
121 Malaysia 93.1% 2013
Emerging markets average (profile) 93.09% 2013
122 South Africa 93% 2013
123 Indonesia 92.8% 2013
124 Burma 92.7% 2013
125 Malta 92.4% 2013
126 Palau 92% 2013
127 Kosovo 91.9% 2013
Former Spanish colonies average (profile) 91.84% 2013
Heavily indebted countries average (profile) 91.82% 2013
=128 Seychelles 91.8% 2013
=128 Guyana 91.8% 2013
130 Ecuador 91.6% 2013
Latin America and Caribbean average (profile) 91.6% 2013
Catholic countries average (profile) 91.21% 2013
=131 Bolivia 91.2% 2013
=131 Sri Lanka 91.2% 2013
East Asia and Pacific average (profile) 90.59% 2013
133 Brazil 90.4% 2013
134 Puerto Rico 90.3% 2013
=135 Dominican Republic 90.1% 2013
=135 Saint Lucia 90.1% 2013
=137 Virgin Islands 90% 2013
=137 United Arab Emirates 90% 2013
=139 Lebanon 89.6% 2013
=139 Lesotho 89.6% 2013
=139 Peru 89.6% 2013
Christian countries average (profile) 89.59% 2013
142 Libya 89.5% 2013
=143 Gabon 89% 2013
=143 Federated States of Micronesia 89% 2013
=145 Mauritius 88.8% 2013
=145 Namibia 88.8% 2013
147 Swaziland 87.8% 2013
148 Kenya 87.4% 2013
149 Saudi Arabia 87.2% 2013
150 Jamaica 87% 2013
151 Oman 86.9% 2013
=152 Botswana 85.1% 2013
=152 Honduras 85.1% 2013
154 Iran 85% 2013
155 Cape Verde 84.9% 2013
Middle Eastern and North Africa average (profile) 84.81% 2013
156 El Salvador 84.5% 2013
=157 Syria 84.1% 2013
=157 Solomon Islands 84.1% 2013
159 Congo, Republic of the 83.8% 2013
OPEC countries average (profile) 83.65% 2013
160 Zimbabwe 83.6% 2013
161 Vanuatu 83.2% 2013
Former British colonies average (profile) 83.09% 2013
Religious countries average (profile) 81.67% 2013
Sparsely populated countries average (profile) 80.19% 2013
Landlocked countries average (profile) 79.82% 2013
Hot countries average (profile) 79.61% 2013
162 Tunisia 79.1% 2013
163 Iraq 78.5% 2013
164 Nicaragua 78% 2013
South and Central Asia average (profile) 76.99% 2013
165 Belize 76.9% 2013
166 Guatemala 75.9% 2013
167 Comoros 75.5% 2013
168 Malawi 74.8% 2013
Muslim countries average (profile) 74.77% 2013
=169 Cambodia 73.9% 2013
=169 Egypt 73.9% 2013
171 Uganda 73.2% 2013
172 Laos 72.7% 2013
173 Algeria 72.6% 2013
174 Sudan 71.9% 2013
175 Ghana 71.5% 2013
176 Cameroon 71.3% 2013
177 Rwanda 71.1% 2013
178 Angola 70.4% 2013
179 Sao Tome and Principe 69.5% 2013
180 Eritrea 68.9% 2013
181 Djibouti 67.9% 2013
182 Tanzania 67.8% 2013
183 Burundi 67.2% 2013
184 Morocco 67.1% 2013
185 Democratic Republic of the Congo 66.8% 2013
186 Yemen 65.3% 2013
Sub-Saharan Africa average (profile) 64.61% 2013
187 Madagascar 64.5% 2013
188 India 62.8% 2013
189 Papua New Guinea 62.4% 2013
190 Zambia 61.4% 2013
191 Nigeria 61.3% 2013
Former French colonies average (profile) 60.87% 2013
192 Liberia 60.8% 2013
193 Togo 60.4% 2013
194 Mauritania 58.6% 2013
195 East Timor 58.3% 2013
196 Bangladesh 57.7% 2013
197 Nepal 57.4% 2013
198 Cote d'Ivoire 56.9% 2013
199 Central African Republic 56.6% 2013
200 Mozambique 56.1% 2013
201 Guinea-Bissau 55.3% 2013
202 Pakistan 54.9% 2013
failed states average (profile) 54.32% 2013
203 Bhutan 52.8% 2013
South Asia average (profile) 51.26% 2013
204 The Gambia 51.1% 2013
205 Wallis and Futuna 50% 2013
206 Senegal 49.7% 2013
207 Haiti 48.7% 2013
208 Sierra Leone 43.3% 2013
209 Benin 42.4% 2013
210 Guinea 41% 2013
211 Ethiopia 39% 2013
212 Somalia 37.8% 2013
213 Chad 35.4% 2013
214 Mali 33.4% 2013
=215 Burkina Faso 28.7% 2013
=215 Niger 28.7% 2013
217 Afghanistan 28.1% 2013
218 South Sudan 27% 2013

Citation

"Countries Compared by People > Literacy > Total population. 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/Total-population

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Interesting observations about People > Literacy > Total population

  • Cuba ranked first for literacy > total population amongst Hot countries in 2013.
  • Greenland ranked first for literacy > total population amongst Christian countries in 2013.
  • Norway ranked first for literacy > total population amongst Europe in 2013.
  • Azerbaijan ranked first for literacy > total population amongst Muslim countries in 2013.
  • United States ranked second for literacy > total population amongst Former British colonies in 2013.
  • Liechtenstein ranked first for literacy > total population amongst Catholic countries in 2013.
  • Barbados ranked first for literacy > total population amongst Heavily indebted countries in 2013.
  • Luxembourg ranked first for literacy > total population amongst European Union in 2013.
  • Israel ranked first for literacy > total population amongst Middle Eastern and North Africa in 2013.
  • North Korea ranked first for literacy > total population amongst East Asia and Pacific in 2013.
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