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Education > Literacy Stats: compare key data on Finland & United States

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  • Adults at high literacy level: Percentage of adults whose level of document literacy is rated 'high'. Data for 1998.
  • Adults at low literacy level: Percentage of adults whose level of document literacy is rated 'low'. Data for 1998
  • Adults at moderate literacy level: Percentage of adults whose level of document literacy is rated 'moderate'. Data for 1998.
  • Adults with at least moderate literacy: Percentage of adult females who have at least a moderate level of literacy, in selected OECD countries. Data for 1998.
  • 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.
  • Female: 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.
  • Male: 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.
  • Reading performance > Access and retrieve: Access and retrieve.

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  • Reading performance > Continuous texts: Continuous texts.

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  • Reading performance > Integrate and interpret: Integrate and interpret.

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  • Reading performance > Non-continuous texts: Non-continuous texts.

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  • Reading performance > Overall: Overall.

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  • Reading performance > Overall reading skills: Overall.

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  • Reading performance > Reflect and evaluate: Reflect and evaluate.

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  • Total population: 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.
  • Adults with at least moderate literacy > Female: Percentage of adult females who have at least a moderate level of literacy, in selected OECD countries. Data for 1998.
  • Adults with at least moderate literacy > Male: Percentage of adult males who have at least a moderate level of literacy, in selected OECD countries. Data for 1998.
STAT Finland United States HISTORY
Adults at high literacy level 25.1%
Ranked 5th. 32% more than United States
19%
Ranked 9th.
Adults at low literacy level 36.8%
Ranked 13th.
49.6%
Ranked 7th. 35% more than Finland
Adults at moderate literacy level 38.1%
Ranked 7th. 21% more than United States
31.4%
Ranked 13th.
Adults with at least moderate literacy 63.2%
Ranked 5th. 25% more than United States
50.4%
Ranked 11th.
Definition age 15 and over can read and write age 15 and over can read and write
Female 100%
Ranked 2nd. 1% more than United States
99%
Ranked 17th.

Male 100%
Ranked 2nd. 1% more than United States
99%
Ranked 28th.

Reading performance > Access and retrieve 532
Ranked 2nd. 8% more than United States
492
Ranked 25th.
Reading performance > Continuous texts 535
Ranked 3rd. 7% more than United States
500
Ranked 13th.
Reading performance > Integrate and interpret 538
Ranked 2nd. 9% more than United States
495
Ranked 20th.
Reading performance > Non-continuous texts 535
Ranked 2nd. 6% more than United States
503
Ranked 14th.
Reading performance > Overall 536
Ranked 2nd. 7% more than United States
500
Ranked 15th.
Reading performance > Overall reading skills 536
Ranked 2nd. 7% more than United States
500
Ranked 15th.
Reading performance > Reflect and evaluate 536
Ranked 3rd. 5% more than United States
512
Ranked 8th.
Total population 100%
Ranked 2nd. 1% more than United States
99%
Ranked 20th.

Adults with at least moderate literacy > Female 49.7%
Ranked 4th.
53.6%
Ranked 1st. 8% more than Finland
Adults with at least moderate literacy > Male 50.3%
Ranked 15th. 8% more than United States
46.4%
Ranked 17th.

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