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Nation

or Region

Total

Literacy

Rate

Male

Literacy

Rate

Female

Literacy

Rate

World 82% 87% 77%
Finland 100% 100% 100%
Grenada 100% 100% 100%
Andorra 100% 100% 100%
Poland 100% 100% 100%
Holy See (Vatican City) 100% 100% 100%
Slovakia 100% 100% 100%
Norway 100% 100% 100%
Greenland 100% 100% 100%
Luxembourg 100% 100% 100%
Samoa 100% 100% 100%
Cuba 100% 100% 100%
Barbados 100% 100% 100%
Liechtenstein 100% 100% 100%
Latvia 100% 100% 100%
Slovenia 100% 100% 100%
Georgia 100% 100% 100%
Lithuania 100% 100% 100%
Estonia 100% 100% 100%
Tajikistan 100% 100% 99%
Belarus 100% 100% 99%
Kazakhstan 100% 100% 99%
Guam 99% 99% 99%
Monaco 99% 99% 99%
Denmark 99% 99% 99%
Russia 99% 100% 99%
Tonga 99% 99% 99%
Moldova 99% 100% 99%
Czech Republic 99% 99% 99%
Australia 99% 99% 99%
United States 99% 99% 99%
Korea, North 99% 99% 99%
Hungary 99% 100% 99%
Japan 99% 99% 99%
Armenia 99% 100% 99%
Faroe Islands 99% 99% 99%
Belgium 99% 99% 99%
United Kingdom 99% 99% 99%
Germany 99% 99% 99%
Saint Pierre and Miquelon 99% 99% 99%
New Zealand 99% 99% 99%
Ukraine 99% 100% 99%
Netherlands 99% 99% 99%
Sweden 99% 99% 99%
Switzerland 99% 99% 99%
France 99% 99% 99%
Canada 99% 99% 99%
Ireland 99% 99% 99%
Iceland 99% 99% 99%
Uzbekistan 99% 100% 99%
Romania 97% 98% 99%
Trinidad and Tobago 99% 99% 98%
Kyrgyzstan 99% 99% 98%
Azerbaijan 99% 100% 98%
Turkmenistan 99% 99% 98%
Albania 99% 99% 98%
Bulgaria 98% 99% 98%
Italy 98% 99% 98%
Uruguay 98% 98% 98%
Turks and Caicos Islands 98% 99% 98%
Bermuda 98% 98% 98%
Cayman Islands 98% 98% 98%
Mongolia 98% 98% 98%
Saint Kitts and Nevis 98% 98% 98%
British Virgin Islands 98% 98% 98%
French Polynesia 98% 98% 98%
Austria 98% 98% 98%
Saint Helena, Ascension, and Tristan da Cunha 97% 97% 98%
Croatia 98% 99% 97%
Spain 98% 99% 97%
Korea, South 98% 99% 97%
Montserrat 97% 97% 97%
American Samoa 97% 98% 97%
Argentina 97% 97% 97%
Aruba 97% 98% 97%
Bahamas 96% 95% 97%
Cyprus 98% 99% 96%
Northern Mariana Islands 97% 97% 96%
Israel 97% 99% 96%
Chile 96% 96% 96%
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 96% 96% 96%
Taiwan 96% 96% 96%
New Caledonia 96% 97% 96%
San Marino 96% 97% 95%
Costa Rica 95% 95% 95%
Niue 95% 95% 95%
Cook Islands 95% 95% 95%
Anguilla 95% 95% 95%
Maldives 94% 93% 95%
Lesotho 85% 75% 95%
Bosnia and Herzegovina 97% 99% 94%
Greece 96% 98% 94%
Macedonia 96% 98% 94%
Serbia 96% 99% 94%
Marshall Islands 94% 94% 94%
Dominica 94% 94% 94%
Puerto Rico 94% 94% 94%
Malta 93% 92% 94%
Paraguay 94% 95% 93%
Virgin Islands 93% 93% 93%
Philippines 93% 93% 93%
Venezuela 93% 93% 93%
Fiji 94% 96% 92%
Vietnam 94% 96% 92%
Seychelles 92% 91% 92%
Guyana 92% 92% 92%
Jamaica 88% 84% 92%
Portugal 95% 96% 91%
Thailand 93% 95% 91%
Kuwait 93% 94% 91%
Panama 92% 93% 91%
Colombia 90% 90% 91%
Saint Lucia 90% 90% 91%
Hong Kong 94% 97% 90%
Brunei 93% 95% 90%
Palau 92% 93% 90%
Ecuador 91% 92% 90%
Singapore 93% 97% 89%
Peru 93% 96% 89%
China 92% 96% 89%
Sri Lanka 91% 92% 89%
Brazil 89% 88% 89%
Qatar 89% 89% 89%
Kosovo 92% 97% 88%
Gaza Strip 92% 97% 88%
West Bank 92% 97% 88%
Macau 91% 95% 88%
Micronesia 89% 91% 88%
Zimbabwe 91% 94% 87%
Indonesia 90% 94% 87%
Suriname 90% 92% 87%
Dominican Republic 87% 87% 87%
Burma 90% 94% 86%
Antigua and Barbuda 86% 86% 86%
South Africa 86% 87% 86%
Jordan 90% 95% 85%
Malaysia 89% 92% 85%
Mexico 86% 87% 85%
Gibraltar 85% 85% 85%
Bahrain 87% 89% 84%
Namibia 85% 87% 84%
Lebanon 87% 93% 82%
Botswana 81% 80% 82%
United Arab Emirates 78% 76% 82%
Bolivia 87% 93% 81%
Equatorial Guinea 87% 93% 81%
Mauritius 84% 89% 81%
Swaziland 82% 83% 81%
Turkey 87% 95% 80%
Kenya 85% 91% 80%
El Salvador 81% 83% 80%
Honduras 80% 80% 80%
Sao Tome and Principe 85% 92% 78%
Congo, Republic of the 84% 90% 78%
Belize 77% 77% 77%
Zambia 81% 87% 75%
Oman 81% 87% 74%
Syria 80% 86% 74%
Vanuatu 74% 74% 74%
Libya 83% 92% 72%
Saudi Arabia 79% 85% 71%
Iran 77% 84% 70%
Cape Verde 77% 86% 69%
Nicaragua 68% 67% 68%
Tunisia 74% 83% 65%
Rwanda 70% 76% 65%
Cambodia 74% 85% 64%
Iraq 74% 84% 64%
Laos 73% 83% 63%
Madagascar 69% 76% 63%
Guatemala 69% 75% 63%
Tanzania 69% 78% 62%
Nigeria 68% 76% 61%
Algeria 70% 80% 60%
Cameroon 68% 77% 60%
Egypt 71% 83% 59%
Timor-Leste 59% 59% 59%
Djibouti 68% 78% 58%
Uganda 67% 77% 58%
Congo, Democratic Republic of the 67% 81% 54%
Angola 67% 83% 54%
Gabon 63% 74% 53%
Burundi 59% 67% 52%
Sudan 61% 72% 51%
Papua New Guinea 57% 63% 51%
Haiti 53% 55% 51%
Malawi 63% 76% 50%
Ghana 58% 66% 50%
Wallis and Futuna 50% 50% 50%
Comoros 57% 64% 49%
India 61% 73% 48%
Eritrea 59% 70% 48%
Togo 61% 75% 47%
Mauritania 51% 60% 43%
Liberia 58% 73% 42%
Bangladesh 48% 54% 41%
Morocco 52% 65% 40%
Cote d'Ivoire 49% 61% 39%
Mali 47% 54% 39%
Pakistan 50% 63% 36%
Nepal 49% 63% 35%
Ethiopia 43% 50% 35%
Central African Republic 49% 65% 34%
Bhutan 47% 60% 34%
Mozambique 48% 64% 33%
The Gambia 40% 48% 33%
Yemen 50% 71% 30%
Senegal 39% 51% 29%
Guinea-Bissau 42% 58% 27%
Somalia 38% 50% 26%
Sierra Leone 35% 47% 24%
Benin 35% 48% 23%
Guinea 30% 43% 18%
South Sudan 27% 40% 16%
Niger 29% 43% 15%
Burkina Faso 22% 29% 15%
Afghanistan 28% 43% 13%
Chad 26% 41% 13%
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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