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

Definitions

  • 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 Sweden United States HISTORY
Adults at high literacy level 35.5%
Ranked 1st. 87% more than United States
19%
Ranked 9th.
Adults at low literacy level 25.1%
Ranked 17th.
49.6%
Ranked 7th. 98% more than Sweden
Adults at moderate literacy level 39.4%
Ranked 5th. 25% more than United States
31.4%
Ranked 13th.
Adults with at least moderate literacy 74.9%
Ranked 1st. 49% 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 99%
Ranked 16th. The same as United States
99%
Ranked 17th.

Male 99%
Ranked 27th. The same as United States
99%
Ranked 28th.

Reading performance > Access and retrieve 505
Ranked 14th. 3% more than United States
492
Ranked 25th.
Reading performance > Continuous texts 499
Ranked 14th.
500
Ranked 13th. About the same as Sweden
Reading performance > Integrate and interpret 494
Ranked 21st.
495
Ranked 20th. About the same as Sweden
Reading performance > Non-continuous texts 498
Ranked 19th.
503
Ranked 14th. 1% more than Sweden
Reading performance > Overall 497
Ranked 18th.
500
Ranked 15th. 1% more than Sweden
Reading performance > Overall reading skills 497
Ranked 18th.
500
Ranked 15th. 1% more than Sweden
Reading performance > Reflect and evaluate 502
Ranked 14th.
512
Ranked 8th. 2% more than Sweden
Total population 99%
Ranked 19th. The same as United States
99%
Ranked 20th.

Adults with at least moderate literacy > Female 48.1%
Ranked 6th.
53.6%
Ranked 1st. 11% more than Sweden
Adults with at least moderate literacy > Male 51.9%
Ranked 12th. 12% more than United States
46.4%
Ranked 17th.

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