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, 2014See also: Literacy map
The U.S. May Be the World’s Richest Country, But It Ranks 14th in Financial Literacy
The Wall Street Journal - 11/17/2015 11:59:30 PM
In fact, a sprawling global survey of financial literacy around the world finds that the U.S. ranks 14th, behind Singapore and the Czech Republic. This new measure of financial literacy comes from a survey of 150,000 adults in 148 countries. To conduct a ...
Less than half of the world's population can answer this incredibly simple financial question
The Business Insider - 11/19/2015 5:56:14 AM
Only a third of the total number surveyed could get three out of four of the questions correct giving the world as a whole a financial literacy rating of just 33%. Again, when that's only using the OECD countries, it rises to 53%, but it's still pretty ...
U.S. is the richest country, but Americans don’t rank among top 10 in financial literacy
Deseret News National - 11/22/2015 2:13:45 PM
Americans came in at 14th for financial literacy, right behind the Czech Republic. Nearly every country that beat the U.S. has a lower ... card use and student debt are among the highest in the world, inflation is a concept that Americans least understand.
Charity index ranks Burma as world’s most generous country
Lankaweb - 11/20/2015 8:42:41 PM
In the past we’ve looked at which countries and regions are ... backed factors like life expectancy and literacy, perspectives on social progress and/or economics, as well as self-reported feelings. The latest World Giving Index, a study by the London ...
A Year Without Sundays:” remaking Cuban society through literacy campaign
People's World - 11/23/2015 6:51:45 PM
A modern day activist for social change often dreams of that day when all the hard work of struggle comes to fruition, and the opportunity to make the world ... from the literacy campaign in Cuba" is a book which examines the record of a country taking ...
Survey: Financial literacy lacking around the globe
The Columbian - 11/22/2015 9:01:47 PM
Standard & Poor’s Global Financial Literacy Survey goes further than any of the previous research in examining the phenomenon throughout the world. It’s based on 150,000 interviews in more than 140 countries, all conducted last year. The study’s ...
World Economic Forum released Global Gender Gap Report 2015
Jagran Josh - 11/20/2015 7:06:38 AM
World Economic Forum (WEF ... Educational Attainment: Indian was placed at the 125th position among the 145 countries surveyed. Female literacy rate was pegged at 61 percent, while male literacy rate was 81 percent. • Health and Survival: Compared ...
8 Things to Know About the Cuban Literacy Campaign
Atlanta Black Star - 11/18/2015 4:27:21 PM
with the ambitious goal of teaching every single inhabitant of the country to read and write in one year.” Soon after, he helped to launch the most dedicated literacy campaign to ever exist. Join us in our effort to change our world with Empowering ...
Can you pass this personal financial literacy test?
Boing Boing (blog) - 11/21/2015 9:14:18 AM
Standard & Poor’s, Gallup, the World Bank, and George Washington University gave a five-question test on personal financial concepts to 150,000 people in more than 140 countries. Only 33% of people passed by demonstrating competency in three out of the ...
The Richest and Poorest Countries
24/7 Wall ST - 11/13/2015 3:25:52 AM
higher literacy rates, more Internet access, longer life expectancies, and less people living in poverty than the least wealthy. To identify the richest and poorest countries, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed GNI data from the World Bank. We ranked the top 25 and ...
Little Free Library honored by Library of Congress
Daily Iowegian - 11/22/2015 12:55:01 PM
In recognition of Little Free Library’s work to establish communities of literacy around the country and the world, the Library of Congress has issued a commendation to the nonprofit book exchange creators for effective implementation of best practices ...
Financial literacy provides tools for better life
The Herald of Everett - 11/14/2015 11:55:54 PM
U.S. students ranked average or below average compared to students from other countries in the first large-scale international assessment of financial literacy for some 29,000 15-year-olds from 18 countries. These findings were released last year by the ...
The Importance of Global Literacy and The Role of the University as a Gateway to the World
The Huffington Post - 11/11/2015 11:27:51 AM
He used that time to assess the parlous condition of higher education in Germany and begin working on ways to rebuild the country's university system, once one of the greatest in the world. Wells consulted and travelled widely in Germany and provided vital ...
Two-thirds of the world can’t pass this basic financial literacy test. Can you?
Quartz - 11/20/2015 9:58:26 AM
The five-question test—created by Standard & Poor’s, Gallup, the World Bank, and George Washington University—was posed to 150,000 people in more than 140 countries last year. It tests understanding of risk, inflation, interest, and compound interest.
Egypt Ranked Tenth Worst Country in Annual Gender Equality Report
egyptianstreets.com - 11/22/2015 10:31:51 AM
Egypt has been ranked 136th out of 145 countries in terms of gender equality, making it the tenth worst in the world, in the World Economic Forum ... for women versus PPP USD 17,353 for men) and literacy rate (65 percent among women versus 82 percent ...