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 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.
Source: CIA World Factbook - Unless otherwise noted, information in this page is accurate as of January 1, 2012See also: Literacy map
Must do better! Poor marks for UK teens: Pupils STILL lag behind world rivals in maths and reading
Daily Mail - 12/1/2013 6:20:23 PM
Teenagers in Britain still lag far behind their counterparts in the Far East in tests on reading, maths and science, a damning report will show tomorrow. Worldwide rankings will reveal that the UK has ‘simply stagnated’ since the last ...
England's young adults trail world in literacy and maths
BBC Online - 10/8/2013 8:40:10 AM
England is 22nd for literacy and 21st for numeracy out of 24 countries. The OECD's Andreas Schleicher ... of the least literate and numerate young adults in the developed world," said Skills Minister Matthew Hancock. "These are Labour's children ...
10 Countries With the Worst Literacy Rates in the World
Care2 (blog) - 9/7/2013 11:57:24 PM
Barely anyone — one to two percent of the population — could read in ancient Rome and nobody thought more people should. Now we recognize that literacy is a human right; that being able to read and write is personally empowering and, in a world that ...
India among 30 countries unlikely to meet literacy targets by 2015
Financial Express - 11/9/2005 6:25:45 PM
Of the 771 million adult illiterates in the world without basic literacy skills ... The report puts India among the 30 countries unable to achieve adult literacy targets by 2015, due to the slow pace of progress. The other countries at risk of not ...
Could College Basketball Be The Answer To Literacy In Second And Third World Countries?
Rant Sports - 10/27/2012 6:58:06 PM
With the NBA commissioner David Stern’s recent announcement on his intentions to step down in 2014, I began thinking about Stern’s legacy. Stern took over the NBA at a time when the league was in decline. There were even talks about the NBA being ...
Literacy and numeracy: which country tops the league?
theguardian.com - 10/8/2013 12:00:36 PM
So you might also expect the adults in those countries to be the most highly skilled in the world. But a closer look at the list ... in Italy and Spain only score level 2 or lower on the literacy assessment. Which of course poses the immediate question ...
WORLD LITERACY DAY: Is education for all feasible by 2015?
Vanguard - 9/6/2012 1:50:32 AM
Of the world’s 800 million adults who lack the basic learning tools to make informed decisions and participate fully in the development of their societies, nearly 70 per cent live in E9 countries. Tackling the literacy gap is both a moral and development ...
The 10 Richest Countries in the World
Daily Finance - 11/18/2010 11:54:55 PM
Luxembourg's location near major powers on the continent ... The Netherlands is a model of liberal social policy and laissez-faire economics. Holland has a free market economy, supporting strong petroleum refining and electrical machinery industries.
Which country leads the world in staying married?
Rediff - 10/28/2013 4:08:54 PM
Here are ten of the most interesting things that countries in the world are best known for. We start with Antarctica which according to the map 'leads the world in emperor penguins'. The tallest and heaviest of all penguin species, the Emperor Penguin is ...
10 most educated countries in the world
Yahoo! - 10/15/2013 10:19:15 AM
To identify the most educated countries in the world, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed the 10 countries with ... These data were included as part of the OECD’s Education at a Glance 2013 report. The countries considered by the report included the 34 OECD member ...
EU leading action to boost literacy in developing countries
europa.eu - 1/20/2013 11:58:10 PM
In addition to efforts to improve levels of literacy in the EU through its 'Europe Loves Reading' campaign, the European Commission is also at the forefront of action to tackle the problem in the world's developing countries. Since 2007, the Commission has ...
Financial literacy: World's top 20 nations, India lags
Rediff - 6/14/2012 7:26:22 AM
As per the 'Global Financial literacy barometer', India is ranked 23rd among the 28 countries surveyed, with 35 per cent of its population termed financially literate. More than 70 percent of survey respondents cannot endure a personal economic emergency ...
The 10 Poorest Countries in the World
FOXBusiness - 9/14/2012 6:51:50 PM
... and literacy rates are particularly low in these countries. While adult literacy figures were unavailable for many of these nations, those that have reported data were among the worst in the world. In several cases, less than half of eligible children ...
World education rankings: which country does best at reading, maths and science?
theguardian.com - 12/6/2010 11:55:03 PM
The world education rankings from ... this major study of 65 countries reveals today. Around 470,000 15-year-olds across the world sat a numeracy, literacy and science test last year, the results of which inform the latest Pisa study by the Paris-based ...