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Education > Literacy Stats: compare key data on Switzerland & United Kingdom

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 Switzerland United Kingdom HISTORY
Adults at high literacy level 16.1%
Ranked 13th.
19.1%
Ranked 8th. 19% more than Switzerland
Adults at low literacy level 47.2%
Ranked 8th.
50.4%
Ranked 6th. 7% more than Switzerland
Adults at moderate literacy level 36.6%
Ranked 9th. 20% more than United Kingdom
30.5%
Ranked 14th.
Adults with at least moderate literacy 52.8%
Ranked 10th. 6% more than United Kingdom
49.6%
Ranked 12th.
Definition age 15 and over can read and write age 15 and over has completed five or more years of schooling
Female 99%
Ranked 14th. The same as United Kingdom
99%
Ranked 21st.
Male 99%
Ranked 25th. The same as United Kingdom
99%
Ranked 31st.
Reading performance > Access and retrieve 505
Ranked 13th. 3% more than United Kingdom
491
Ranked 27th.
Reading performance > Continuous texts 498
Ranked 15th. 1% more than United Kingdom
492
Ranked 24th.
Reading performance > Integrate and interpret 502
Ranked 13th. 2% more than United Kingdom
491
Ranked 24th.
Reading performance > Non-continuous texts 505
Ranked 13th.
506
Ranked 11th. About the same as Switzerland
Reading performance > Overall 501
Ranked 11th. 1% more than United Kingdom
494
Ranked 23th.
Reading performance > Overall reading skills 501
Ranked 11th. 1% more than United Kingdom
494
Ranked 23th.
Reading performance > Reflect and evaluate 497
Ranked 18th.
503
Ranked 12th. 1% more than Switzerland
Total population 99%
Ranked 17th. The same as United Kingdom
99%
Ranked 23th.

Adults with at least moderate literacy > Female 45.4%
Ranked 15th. 2% more than United Kingdom
44.6%
Ranked 16th.
Adults with at least moderate literacy > Male 54.6%
Ranked 3rd.
55.4%
Ranked 2nd. 1% more than Switzerland

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