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High income OECD countries Compared by Education > Literacy > Total population

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.

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# COUNTRY AMOUNT DATE GRAPH HISTORY
=1 Norway 100% 2008
=1 Finland 100% 2000
=1 Luxembourg 100% 2000
=4 Poland 99.8% 2003
=4 Estonia 99.8% 2003
6 Slovenia 99.7% 2008
7 Slovakia 99.6% 2004
=8 Iceland 99% 2003
=8 Switzerland 99% 2003
=8 Belgium 99% 2003
=8 Germany 99% 2003
=8 Sweden 99% 2003
=8 United States 99% 2003
=8 Czech Republic 99% 2003
=8 New Zealand 99% 2003
=8 United Kingdom 99% 2003
=8 Denmark 99% 2003
=8 Australia 99% 2003
=8 Ireland 99% 2003
=8 France 99% 2003
=8 Netherlands 99% 2003
=8 Canada 99% 2003
=8 Japan 99% 2002
24 Italy 98.6% 2003
25 South Korea 98.1% 2003
26 Austria 98% 2008
27 Spain 97.9% 2003
28 Greece 97.5% 2003
29 Israel 97.1% 2004
30 Chile 96.2% 2003
31 Portugal 93.3% 2003

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High income OECD countries Compared by Education > Literacy > Total population

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Interesting observations about Education > Literacy > Total population

  • All of the top 4 countries by literacy > total population are Christian.
  • All of the top 2 countries by literacy > total population are Cold countries'.
  • All of the top 3 countries by literacy > total population are European.
  • All of the top 2 countries by literacy > total population are Tourist destination.
  • All of the top 2 countries by literacy > total population are Landlocked.
  • All of the top 2 countries by literacy > total population are Catholic.
  • Finland has ranked in the top 2 for literacy > total population since 1980.
  • Bermuda has ranked in the top 3 for literacy > total population since 1970.
  • Barbados has ranked in the top 3 for literacy > total population since 1995.
  • Japan has ranked in the top 4 for literacy > total population since 1995.
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