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People > Literacy > Female: Countries Compared

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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# COUNTRY AMOUNT DATE GRAPH HISTORY
=1 Holy See (Vatican City) 100% 2013
=1 Norway 100% 2013
=1 Finland 100% 2000
=1 Liechtenstein 100% 2013
=1 Luxembourg 100% 2000
=1 Andorra 100% 2013
=1 Greenland 100% 2001
=8 Estonia 99.8% 2011
=8 Cuba 99.8% 2011
=8 Latvia 99.8% 2011
=11 Barbados 99.7% 2002
=11 Georgia 99.7% 2011
=11 Lithuania 99.7% 2011
=11 Slovenia 99.7% 2011
=11 Azerbaijan 99.7% 2010
=11 Ukraine 99.7% 2011
=11 Kazakhstan 99.7% 2009
=18 Tajikistan 99.6% 2011
=18 Slovakia 99.6% 2004
=18 Russia 99.6% 2010
=18 Poland 99.6% 2011
=22 Turkmenistan 99.5% 2011
=22 Armenia 99.5% 2011
=22 Belarus 99.5% 2009
25 Antigua and Barbuda 99.4% 2011
26 Uzbekistan 99.2% 2011
27 Tonga 99.1% 2006
=28 Canada 99% 2003
=28 Saint Pierre and Miquelon 99% 1982
=28 Netherlands 99% 2003
=28 Monaco 99% 2003
=28 France 99% 2003
=28 Ireland 99% 2003
=28 Australia 99% 2003
=28 Denmark 99% 2003
=28 United Kingdom 99% 2003
=28 New Zealand 99% 2003
=28 Guam 99% 1990
=28 Czech Republic 99% 2011
=28 Bermuda 99% 2005
=28 Cayman Islands 99% 2007
=28 United States 99% 2003
=28 Sweden 99% 2003
=28 Japan 99% 2002
=28 Belgium 99% 2003
=28 Switzerland 99% 2003
=28 Iceland 99% 2003
=28 Germany 99% 2003
=28 Kyrgyzstan 99% 2009
=28 North Korea 99% 2010
51 Hungary 98.9% 2011
52 Italy 98.7% 2011
53 Samoa 98.6% 2003
=54 Moldova 98.5% 2011
=54 Trinidad and Tobago 98.5% 2011
=54 Chile 98.5% 2009
=54 Uruguay 98.5% 2010
58 Maldives 98.4% 2006
59 Croatia 98.3% 2011
60 Cyprus 98.1% 2011
=61 Saint Helena, Ascension, and Tristan da Cunha 98% 1987
=61 Saint Helena 98% 1987
=61 Turks and Caicos Islands 98% 1970
=61 Bulgaria 98% 2011
=61 French Polynesia 98% 1977
=66 Argentina 97.9% 2011
=66 Mongolia 97.9% 2011
68 Montenegro 97.6% 2011
69 Romania 97.1% 2011
=70 American Samoa 97% 1980
=70 Spain 97% 2010
=70 Montserrat 97% 1970
73 Serbia 96.9% 2011
=74 Bosnia and Herzegovina 96.7% 2011
=74 Aruba 96.7% 2010
76 South Korea 96.6% 2002
=77 Costa Rica 96.5% 2011
=77 The Bahamas 96.5% 2003
79 Greece 96.3% 2011
=80 Republic of Macedonia 96% 2011
=80 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 96% 1970
=80 Northern Mariana Islands 96% 1980
83 Israel 95.9% 2004
84 Philippines 95.8% 2008
85 Albania 95.7% 2011
86 Lesotho 95.6% 2010
87 New Caledonia 95.5% 1996
=88 Qatar 95.4% 2010
=88 Venezuela 95.4% 2009
=90 Anguilla 95% 1984
=90 San Marino 95% 2013
=92 Dominica 94% 2003
=92 Portugal 94% 2011
=92 Suriname 94% 2010
=95 Jordan 93.9% 2011
=95 Brunei 93.9% 2011
97 Singapore 93.8% 2010
=98 Colombia 93.7% 2011
=98 Macau 93.7% 2011
=98 Marshall Islands 93.7% 1999
=101 Panama 93.5% 2010
=101 Malta 93.5% 2005
103 Paraguay 92.9% 2010
104 China 92.7% 2010
=105 Gaza Strip 92.6% 2013
=105 West Bank 92.6% 2013
=107 Mexico 92.3% 2011
=107 Seychelles 92.3% 2011
109 South Africa 92.2% 2011
110 Fiji 91.9% 2003
=111 Jamaica 91.8% 2011
=111 Kuwait 91.8% 2008
=113 Bahrain 91.6% 2010
=113 Guyana 91.6% 2002
=115 Thailand 91.5% 2005
=115 United Arab Emirates 91.5% 2005
117 Vietnam 91.4% 2011
118 Equatorial Guinea 91.1% 2011
119 Puerto Rico 90.9% 2011
=120 Malaysia 90.7% 2010
=120 Brazil 90.7% 2010
122 Saint Lucia 90.6% 2001
123 Burma 90.4% 2011
124 Turkey 90.3% 2011
=125 Dominican Republic 90.2% 2011
=125 Ecuador 90.2% 2011
127 Indonesia 90.1% 2011
=128 Palau 90% 1980
=128 Sri Lanka 90% 2010
130 Hong Kong 89.6% 2002
131 Namibia 88.5% 2010
132 Federated States of Micronesia 88% 1980
133 Kosovo 87.5% 2007
134 Swaziland 87.3% 2011
135 Bolivia 86.8% 2009
136 Mauritius 86.7% 2011
137 Lebanon 86% 2007
=138 Botswana 85.6% 2011
=138 Gabon 85.6% 2011
140 Honduras 84.9% 2011
141 Peru 84.6% 2007
142 Kenya 84.2% 2010
143 Libya 83.3% 2011
144 El Salvador 82.3% 2010
145 Saudi Arabia 82.2% 2011
146 Oman 81.8% 2010
147 Iran 80.7% 2008
148 Cape Verde 80.3% 2011
149 Zimbabwe 80.1% 2011
150 Solomon Islands 79.2% 2013
151 Congo, Republic of the 78.4% 2003
152 Nicaragua 77.9% 2005
153 Syria 77.7% 2011
154 Belize 77.1% 2000
155 Iraq 71.2% 2011
=156 Guatemala 71.1% 2011
=156 Tunisia 71.1% 2010
158 Comoros 70.6% 2011
159 Malawi 68.5% 2010
160 Rwanda 67.5% 2010
161 Cambodia 65.9% 2009
162 Egypt 65.8% 2012
163 Ghana 65.3% 2010
164 Cameroon 64.8% 2010
165 Uganda 64.6% 2010
166 Algeria 63.9% 2006
=167 Sudan 63.2% 2013
=167 Laos 63.2% 2005
169 Burundi 61.8% 2010
170 Madagascar 61.6% 2009
171 Tanzania 60.8% 2010
172 Sao Tome and Principe 60.1% 2008
173 Papua New Guinea 59.4% 2011
174 Eritrea 59% 2011
175 Angola 58.6% 2011
176 Djibouti 58.4% 2003
177 Morocco 57.6% 2011
178 Democratic Republic of the Congo 57% 2010
179 Liberia 56.8% 2010
180 Bangladesh 53.4% 2011
181 East Timor 53% 2010
182 Mauritania 52% 2011
183 Zambia 51.8% 2007
184 India 50.8% 2006
185 Nigeria 50.4% 2010
186 Wallis and Futuna 50% 1969
187 Yemen 48.5% 2011
188 Togo 48% 2011
189 Cote d'Ivoire 47.6% 2011
190 Nepal 46.7% 2011
191 Haiti 44.6% 2006
192 Central African Republic 44.2% 2011
193 Mozambique 42.8% 2010
194 Guinea-Bissau 42.1% 2011
195 The Gambia 41.9% 2011
196 Pakistan 40.3% 2009
=197 Senegal 38.7% 2009
=197 Bhutan 38.7% 2005
199 Sierra Leone 32.6% 2011
200 Benin 30.3% 2010
201 Guinea 30% 2010
202 Ethiopia 28.9% 2007
203 Somalia 25.8% 2001
204 Chad 25.4% 2011
205 Mali 24.6% 2011
206 Burkina Faso 21.6% 2007
207 South Sudan 16% 2012
208 Niger 15.1% 2005
209 Afghanistan 12.6% 2000

Citation

"Countries Compared by People > Literacy > Female. International Statistics at NationMaster.com", CIA World Factbooks 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013. Aggregates compiled by NationMaster. Retrieved from http://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/stats/People/Literacy/Female

People > Literacy > Female: Countries Compared Map

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Interesting observations about People > Literacy > Female

  • All of the top 4 countries by literacy > female are Christian.
  • All of the top 2 countries by literacy > female are European.
  • 7 of the top 8 countries by literacy > female are Cold countries'.
  • Kazakhstan has ranked in the top 2 for literacy > female since 1999.
  • Belarus has ranked in the top 2 for literacy > female since 1999.
  • 103 of the top 206 countries by literacy > female are Hot countries.
  • 2 of the top 3 countries by literacy > female are Sparsely populated.
  • 3 of the top 5 countries by literacy > female are Landlocked.
  • 3 of the top 5 countries by literacy > female are Catholic.
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