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Nation

or Region

Total

Literacy

Rate

Male

Literacy

Rate

Female

Literacy

Rate

World 82% 87% 77%
Norway 100% 100% 100%
Luxembourg 100% 100% 100%
Liechtenstein 100% 100% 100%
Holy See (Vatican City) 100% 100% 100%
Grenada 100% 100% 100%
Greenland 100% 100% 100%
Georgia 100% 100% 100%
Finland 100% 100% 100%
Andorra 100% 100% 100%
Estonia 100% 100% 100%
Cuba 100% 100% 100%
Poland 100% 100% 100%
Latvia 100% 100% 100%
Slovenia 100% 100% 100%
Barbados 100% 100% 100%
Samoa 100% 100% 100%
Slovakia 100% 100% 100%
Lithuania 100% 100% 100%
Belarus 100% 100% 99%
Kazakhstan 100% 100% 99%
Tajikistan 100% 100% 99%
Hungary 99% 100% 99%
Armenia 99% 100% 99%
Ukraine 99% 100% 99%
Russia 99% 100% 99%
Uzbekistan 99% 100% 99%
Moldova 99% 100% 99%
Monaco 99% 99% 99%
Japan 99% 99% 99%
Australia 99% 99% 99%
Canada 99% 99% 99%
France 99% 99% 99%
Sweden 99% 99% 99%
Switzerland 99% 99% 99%
Iceland 99% 99% 99%
New Zealand 99% 99% 99%
Ireland 99% 99% 99%
Germany 99% 99% 99%
United Kingdom 99% 99% 99%
Saint Pierre and Miquelon 99% 99% 99%
Faroe Islands 99% 99% 99%
Netherlands 99% 99% 99%
Belgium 99% 99% 99%
Denmark 99% 99% 99%
United States 99% 99% 99%
Guam 99% 99% 99%
Czech Republic 99% 99% 99%
Korea, North 99% 99% 99%
Tonga 99% 99% 99%
Turkmenistan 99% 99% 98%
Azerbaijan 99% 100% 98%
Albania 99% 99% 98%
Kyrgyzstan 99% 99% 98%
Trinidad and Tobago 99% 99% 98%
Italy 98% 99% 98%
Bulgaria 98% 99% 98%
Croatia 98% 99% 97%
Uruguay 98% 98% 98%
Turks and Caicos Islands 98% 99% 98%
Bermuda 98% 98% 98%
Cayman Islands 98% 98% 98%
Austria 98% 98% 98%
French Polynesia 98% 98% 98%
Spain 98% 99% 97%
Korea, South 98% 99% 97%
British Virgin Islands 98% 98% 98%
Saint Kitts and Nevis 98% 98% 98%
Mongolia 98% 98% 98%
Cyprus 98% 99% 96%
Romania 97% 98% 99%
Aruba 97% 98% 97%
Argentina 97% 97% 97%
Israel 97% 99% 96%
Saint Helena, Ascension, and Tristan da Cunha 97% 97% 98%
American Samoa 97% 98% 97%
Montserrat 97% 97% 97%
Northern Mariana Islands 97% 97% 96%
Bosnia and Herzegovina 97% 99% 94%
Serbia 96% 99% 94%
New Caledonia 96% 97% 96%
Taiwan 96% 96% 96%
Macedonia 96% 98% 94%
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 96% 96% 96%
San Marino 96% 97% 95%
Greece 96% 98% 94%
Chile 96% 96% 96%
Bahamas 96% 95% 97%
Portugal 95% 96% 91%
Anguilla 95% 95% 95%
Cook Islands 95% 95% 95%
Niue 95% 95% 95%
Costa Rica 95% 95% 95%
Puerto Rico 94% 94% 94%
Dominica 94% 94% 94%
Paraguay 94% 95% 93%
Vietnam 94% 96% 92%
Maldives 94% 93% 95%
Marshall Islands 94% 94% 94%
Fiji 94% 96% 92%
Hong Kong 94% 97% 90%
Kuwait 93% 94% 91%
Venezuela 93% 93% 93%
Peru 93% 96% 89%
Malta 93% 92% 94%
Brunei 93% 95% 90%
Philippines 93% 93% 93%
Thailand 93% 95% 91%
Virgin Islands 93% 93% 93%
Singapore 93% 97% 89%
West Bank 92% 97% 88%
Gaza Strip 92% 97% 88%
China 92% 96% 89%
Palau 92% 93% 90%
Panama 92% 93% 91%
Kosovo 92% 97% 88%
Seychelles 92% 91% 92%
Guyana 92% 92% 92%
Macau 91% 95% 88%
Ecuador 91% 92% 90%
Sri Lanka 91% 92% 89%
Zimbabwe 91% 94% 87%
Colombia 90% 90% 91%
Indonesia 90% 94% 87%
Saint Lucia 90% 90% 91%
Burma 90% 94% 86%
Jordan 90% 95% 85%
Suriname 90% 92% 87%
Qatar 89% 89% 89%
Micronesia 89% 91% 88%
Malaysia 89% 92% 85%
Brazil 89% 88% 89%
Jamaica 88% 84% 92%
Lebanon 87% 93% 82%
Turkey 87% 95% 80%
Dominican Republic 87% 87% 87%
Equatorial Guinea 87% 93% 81%
Bolivia 87% 93% 81%
Bahrain 87% 89% 84%
South Africa 86% 87% 86%
Mexico 86% 87% 85%
Antigua and Barbuda 86% 86% 86%
Kenya 85% 91% 80%
Gibraltar 85% 85% 85%
Namibia 85% 87% 84%
Sao Tome and Principe 85% 92% 78%
Lesotho 85% 75% 95%
Mauritius 84% 89% 81%
Congo, Republic of the 84% 90% 78%
Libya 83% 92% 72%
Swaziland 82% 83% 81%
Oman 81% 87% 74%
Botswana 81% 80% 82%
El Salvador 81% 83% 80%
Zambia 81% 87% 75%
Honduras 80% 80% 80%
Syria 80% 86% 74%
Saudi Arabia 79% 85% 71%
United Arab Emirates 78% 76% 82%
Iran 77% 84% 70%
Belize 77% 77% 77%
Cape Verde 77% 86% 69%
Tunisia 74% 83% 65%
Iraq 74% 84% 64%
Vanuatu 74% 74% 74%
Cambodia 74% 85% 64%
Laos 73% 83% 63%
Egypt 71% 83% 59%
Rwanda 70% 76% 65%
Algeria 70% 80% 60%
Tanzania 69% 78% 62%
Guatemala 69% 75% 63%
Madagascar 69% 76% 63%
Nigeria 68% 76% 61%
Cameroon 68% 77% 60%
Djibouti 68% 78% 58%
Nicaragua 68% 67% 68%
Angola 67% 83% 54%
Congo, Democratic Republic of the 67% 81% 54%
Uganda 67% 77% 58%
Gabon 63% 74% 53%
Malawi 63% 76% 50%
Sudan 61% 72% 51%
India 61% 73% 48%
Togo 61% 75% 47%
Burundi 59% 67% 52%
Timor-Leste 59% 59% 59%
Eritrea 59% 70% 48%
Ghana 58% 66% 50%
Liberia 58% 73% 42%
Papua New Guinea 57% 63% 51%
Comoros 57% 64% 49%
Haiti 53% 55% 51%
Morocco 52% 65% 40%
Mauritania 51% 60% 43%
Yemen 50% 71% 30%
Wallis and Futuna 50% 50% 50%
Pakistan 50% 63% 36%
Cote d'Ivoire 49% 61% 39%
Nepal 49% 63% 35%
Central African Republic 49% 65% 34%
Bangladesh 48% 54% 41%
Mozambique 48% 64% 33%
Bhutan 47% 60% 34%
Mali 47% 54% 39%
Ethiopia 43% 50% 35%
Guinea-Bissau 42% 58% 27%
The Gambia 40% 48% 33%
Senegal 39% 51% 29%
Somalia 38% 50% 26%
Sierra Leone 35% 47% 24%
Benin 35% 48% 23%
Guinea 30% 43% 18%
Niger 29% 43% 15%
Afghanistan 28% 43% 13%
South Sudan 27% 40% 16%
Chad 26% 41% 13%
Burkina Faso 22% 29% 15%
Akrotiri no data no data no data
Antarctica no data no data no data
Ashmore and Cartier Islands no data no data no data
Bouvet Island no data no data no data
British Indian Ocean Territory no data no data no data
Christmas Island no data no data no data
Clipperton Island no data no data no data
Cocos (Keeling) Islands no data no data no data
Coral Sea Islands no data no data no data
Curacao no data no data no data
Dhekelia no data no data no data
European Union no data no data no data
Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas) no data no data no data
Guernsey no data no data no data
Heard Island and McDonald Islands no data no data no data
Isle of Man no data no data no data
Jan Mayen no data no data no data
Jersey no data no data no data
Kiribati no data no data no data
Montenegro no data no data no data
Nauru no data no data no data
Navassa Island no data no data no data
Norfolk Island no data no data no data
Paracel Islands no data no data no data
Pitcairn Islands no data no data no data
Saint Barthelemy no data no data no data
Saint Martin no data no data no data
Sint Maarten no data no data no data
Solomon Islands no data no data no data
South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands no data no data no data
Spratly Islands no data no data no data
Svalbard no data no data no data
Tokelau no data no data no data
Tuvalu no data no data no data
Wake Island no data no data no data
Western Sahara no data no data no data
Source:  CIA World Factbook, accessed July 15, 2011
Nation or region can refer to a wide variety of dependencies, areas of special sovereignty, uninhabited islands, and other entities in addition to the traditional countries or independent states.
Literacy Rate is an estimate of the number of people in a nation or region who are able to read.  Each nation defines literacy by their own standard and sets the minimum age for literacy.

 

   
 

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