Former Soviet republics Compared by People > Literacy > Total population

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)


=1 Latvia 99.8% 2013
=1 Azerbaijan 99.8% 2013
=1 Estonia 99.8% 2013
=4 Kazakhstan 99.7% 2013
=4 Russia 99.7% 2013
=4 Ukraine 99.7% 2013
=4 Lithuania 99.7% 2013
=4 Georgia 99.7% 2013
=4 Tajikistan 99.7% 2013
=10 Belarus 99.6% 2013
=10 Armenia 99.6% 2013
=10 Turkmenistan 99.6% 2013
13 Uzbekistan 99.4% 2013
14 Kyrgyzstan 99.2% 2013
15 Moldova 99% 2013


Former Soviet republics Compared by People > Literacy > Total population


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