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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.

Description: The map displayed here shows how Literacy varies by country. The shade of the country corresponds to the magnitude of the indicator. The darker the shade, the higher the value.

Source: CIA World Factbook - Unless otherwise noted, information in this page is accurate as of January 1, 2014

See also: Literacy bar chart

 

Country NameLiteracy (%)Year of Estimate
Andorra1002013
Finland1002000
Greenland1002001
Korea, North1002008
Liechtenstein1002013
Luxembourg1002000
Holy See (Vatican City)1002013
Latvia1002011
Estonia1002011
Cuba1002011
Azerbaijan1002010
Barbados1002002
Georgia1002011
Lithuania1002011
Kazakhstan1002009
Poland1002011
Ukraine1002011
Russia1002010
Slovenia1002011
Tajikistan1002011
Turkmenistan1002011
Slovakia1002004
Armenia1002011
Belarus1002009
Uzbekistan992011
Kyrgyzstan992009
Hungary992011
Iceland992003
Italy992011
Japan992002
Netherlands992003
New Zealand992003
Moldova992011
Monaco992003
Canada992003
Antigua and Barbuda992011
Australia992003
Belgium992003
Czech Republic992011
Germany992003
France992003
Denmark992003
Ireland992003
United States992003
United Kingdom992003
Tonga992006
Sweden992003
Switzerland992003
Cayman Islands992007
Croatia992011
Trinidad and Tobago992011
Samoa992003
Chile992009
Montenegro992011
Bulgaria982011
Uruguay982010
Serbia982011
Bosnia and Herzegovina982011
Austria982013
Argentina982011
Korea, South982002
Saint Kitts and Nevis982003
Romania982011
Spain982010
Macedonia972011
Mongolia972011
Greece972011
Israel972004
Albania972011
Costa Rica962011
Qatar962010
New Caledonia961996
Taiwan962003
San Marino961976
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines961970
Grenada962003
Jordan962011
Singapore962010
Macau962011
Bahamas, The962003
Venezuela962009
Philippines952008
Brunei952011
Portugal952011
China952010
Norway952013
Suriname952010
Bahrain952010
Equatorial Guinea942011
Panama942010
Turkey942011
Dominica942003
Paraguay942010
Kuwait942008
Fiji942003
Colombia942011
Hong Kong942002
Mexico942011
Thailand942005
Vietnam932011
Malaysia932010
South Africa932011
Indonesia932011
Burma932011
Malta922005
Palau921980
Guyana922002
Seychelles922011
Ecuador922011
Bolivia912009
Sri Lanka912010
Brazil902010
Puerto Rico902011
Saint Lucia902001
Dominican Republic902011
United Arab Emirates902005
Lebanon902007
Lesotho902010
Peru902007
Libya902011
Gabon892011
Mauritius892011
Namibia892010
Swaziland882011
Kenya872010
Saudi Arabia872011
Jamaica872011
Oman872010
Honduras852011
Botswana852011
Iran852008
Cape Verde852011
El Salvador852010
Solomon Islands842013
Syria842011
Congo, Republic of the842003
Zimbabwe842011
Vanuatu832011
Tunisia792010
Iraq792011
Nicaragua782005
Belize772000
Guatemala762011
Comoros762011
Malawi752010
Egypt742012
Cambodia742009
Uganda732010
Laos732005
Algeria732006
Sudan722011
Ghana722010
Cameroon712010
Rwanda712010
Angola702011
Sao Tome and Principe702008
Eritrea692011
Djibouti682003
Tanzania682010
Burundi672010
Morocco672011
Congo, Democratic Republic of the672010
Yemen652011
Madagascar652009
India632006
Papua New Guinea622011
Zambia612007
Nigeria612010
Liberia612010
Togo602011
Mauritania592011
East Timor582010
Bangladesh582011
Nepal572011
Cote d'Ivoire572011
Central African Republic572011
Mozambique562010
Guinea-Bissau552011
Pakistan552009
Bhutan532005
Gambia, The512011
Senegal502009
Haiti492006
Sierra Leone432011
Benin422010
Guinea412010
Ethiopia392007
Somalia382001
Chad352011
Mali332011
Niger292005
Burkina Faso292007
Afghanistan282000
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