Country ranking for field: literacy 1989

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This entry includes a definition of literacy and UNESCO's percentage estimates for populations aged 15 years and over, including 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 Gheos World Guide. 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.

The WorldWorld77% men; 66% women
1flag of LiechtensteinLiechtenstein100 
2flag of Holy SeeHoly See100% 
3flag of NamibiaNamibia100% whites 16% nonwhites 
4flag of LuxembourgLuxembourg100% 
5flag of IcelandIceland100% 
6flag of NorwayNorway100% 
7flag of AndorraAndorra100% 
8flag of GreenlandGreenland99% 
9flag of DenmarkDenmark99% 
10flag of NauruNauru99% 
11flag of CanadaCanada99% 
12flag of Turks and Caicos IslandsTurks and Caicos Islands99% 
13flag of MonacoMonaco99% 
14flag of CyprusCyprus99% 
15flag of The NetherlandsThe Netherlands99% 
16flag of Faroe IslandsFaroe Islands99% 
17flag of United StatesUnited States99% 
18flag of FranceFrance99% 
19flag of American SamoaAmerican Samoa99% 
20flag of SwitzerlandSwitzerland99% 
21flag of SwedenSweden99% 
22flag of GibraltarGibraltar99% 
23flag of JapanJapan99% 
24flag of IrelandIreland99% 
25flag of United KingdomUnited Kingdom99% 
26flag of HungaryHungary99% 
27flag of BarbadosBarbados99% 
28flag of New ZealandNew Zealand99% 
29flag of CubaCuba98.5% 
30flag of AustraliaAustralia98.5% 
31flag of Trinidad and TobagoTrinidad and Tobago98% 
32flag of PolandPoland98% 
33flag of British Virgin IslandsBritish Virgin Islands98% 
34flag of Cayman IslandsCayman Islands98% 
35flag of BelgiumBelgium98% 
36flag of BermudaBermuda98% 
37flag of AustriaAustria98% 
38flag of RomaniaRomania98% 
39flag of SpainSpain97% 
40flag of San MarinoSan Marino97% 
41flag of North KoreaNorth Korea95% 
42flag of GreeceGreece95% 
43flag of ArubaAruba95% 
44flag of The BahamasThe Bahamas95% 
45flag of BulgariaBulgaria95% 
46flag of Netherlands AntillesNetherlands Antilles95% 
47flag of UruguayUruguay94% 
48flag of ArgentinaArgentina94% 
49flag of ChileChile94% 
50flag of TaiwanTaiwan94% 
51flag of ItalyItaly93% 
52flag of BelizeBelize93% 
53flag of Costa RicaCosta Rica93% 
54flag of YugoslaviaYugoslavia90.5% 
55flag of Marshall IslandsMarshall Islands90% 
56flag of PanamaPanama90% 
57flag of TongaTonga90-95%; compulsory education for children ages 6 to 14 
58flag of KiribatiKiribati90% 
59flag of GuamGuam90% 
60flag of Antigua and BarbudaAntigua and Barbuda90% 
61flag of U.S. Virgin IslandsU.S. Virgin Islands90% 
62flag of Western SamoaWestern Samoa90% 
63flag of Puerto RicoPuerto Rico89% 
64flag of IsraelIsrael88% Jews 70% Arabs 
65flag of NicaraguaNicaragua88% 
66flag of PhilippinesPhilippines88% 
67flag of ColombiaColombia88% 
68flag of MexicoMexico88% 
69flag of Sri LankaSri Lanka87% 
70flag of SingaporeSingapore86.8% 
71flag of VenezuelaVenezuela85.6% 
72flag of GrenadaGrenada85% 
73flag of LaosLaos85% 
74flag of GuyanaGuyana85% 
75flag of EcuadorEcuador85% 
76flag of MaltaMalta83% 
77flag of PortugalPortugal83% 
78flag of Saint Vincent and the GrenadinesSaint Vincent and the Grenadines82% 
79flag of ThailandThailand82% 
80flag of ParaguayParaguay81% 
81flag of PeruPeru80% 
82flag of Saint Kitts and NevisSaint Kitts and Nevis80% 
83flag of MongoliaMongolia80% 
84flag of AnguillaAnguilla80% 
85flag of CongoCongo80% 
86flag of DominicaDominica80% 
87flag of FijiFiji80% 
88flag of MauritiusMauritius79% 
89flag of TanzaniaTanzania79% 
90flag of Saint LuciaSaint Lucia78% 
91flag of VietnamVietnam78% 
92flag of MyanmarMyanmar78% 
93flag of MontserratMontserrat77% 
94flag of BrazilBrazil76% 
95flag of LebanonLebanon75% 
96flag of AlbaniaAlbania75% 
97flag of Hong KongHong Kong75% 
98flag of Dominican RepublicDominican Republic74% 
99flag of JamaicaJamaica74% 
100flag of French GuianaFrench Guiana73% 
101flag of JordanJordan71% 
102flag of KuwaitKuwait71% 
103flag of TurkeyTurkey70% 
104flag of United Arab EmiratesUnited Arab Emirates68% 
105flag of SwazilandSwaziland67.9% 
106flag of CameroonCameroon65% 
107flag of El SalvadorEl Salvador65% 
108flag of LesothoLesotho65% 
109flag of SurinameSuriname65% 
110flag of GabonGabon65% 
111flag of MalaysiaMalaysia65.0% overall age 20 and up; Peninsular Malaysia - 80%; Sabah - 60%; Sarawak - 60% 
112flag of BoliviaBolivia63% 
113flag of IndonesiaIndonesia62% 
114flag of TunisiaTunisia62% 
115flag of SomaliaSomalia60% 
116flag of Solomon IslandsSolomon Islands60% 
117flag of SeychellesSeychelles60% 
118flag of HondurasHonduras56% 
119flag of ZaireZaire55% males 37% females 
120flag of Equatorial GuineaEquatorial Guinea55% 
121flag of IraqIraq55% 
122flag of ZambiaZambia54% 
123flag of MadagascarMadagascar53% 
124flag of Saudi ArabiaSaudi Arabia52% 
125flag of UgandaUganda52% 
126flag of AlgeriaAlgeria52% 
127flag of LibyaLibya50-60% 
128flag of São Tomé and PríncipeSão Tomé and Príncipe50% 
129flag of GuatemalaGuatemala50% 
130flag of CambodiaCambodia48% 
131flag of IranIran48% 
132flag of KenyaKenya47% 
133flag of SyriaSyria47% 
134flag of ZimbabweZimbabwe45-55% 
135flag of EgyptEgypt45% 
136flag of BruneiBrunei45% 
137flag of BahrainBahrain40% 
138flag of QatarQatar40% 
139flag of Cabo VerdeCabo Verde37% 
140flag of RwandaRwanda37% 
141flag of IndiaIndia36% 
142flag of MaldivesMaldives36% 
143flag of EthiopiaEthiopia35% 
144flag of Papua New GuineaPapua New Guinea32% 
145flag of SudanSudan31% 
146flag of GhanaGhana30% 
147flag of BurundiBurundi30% 
148flag of BangladeshBangladesh29% 
149flag of PakistanPakistan26% 
150flag of NigeriaNigeria25-30% 
151flag of MalawiMalawi25% 
152flag of BotswanaBotswana24% in English 35% in Tswana 
153flag of Côte d'IvoireCôte d'Ivoire24% 
154flag of HaitiHaiti23% 
155flag of Central African RepublicCentral African Republic20% 
156flag of AngolaAngola20% 
157flag of GuineaGuinea20% in French; 48% in local languages 
158flag of OmanOman20% 
159flag of LiberiaLiberia20% 
160flag of Western SaharaWestern Sahara20% among Moroccans 5% among Saharans 
161flag of NepalNepal20% 
162flag of DjiboutiDjibouti20% 
163flag of TogoTogo18% 
164flag of MauritaniaMauritania17% 
165flag of ChadChad17% 
166flag of ComorosComoros15% 
167flag of Sierra LeoneSierra Leone15% 
168flag of Guinea-BissauGuinea-Bissau15% 
169flag of MozambiqueMozambique14% 
170flag of The GambiaThe Gambia12% 
171flag of AfghanistanAfghanistan12% 
172flag of BeninBenin11% 
173flag of VanuatuVanuatu10-20% 
174flag of MaliMali10% 
175flag of SenegalSenegal10% 
176flag of NigerNiger8% 
177flag of Burkina FasoBurkina Faso7% 
178flag of BhutanBhutan5% 
179flag of TuvaluTuvaluless than 50% 
180flag of ChinaChinaover 75% 
181flag of Christmas IslandChristmas IslandNA% 
182flag of Cocos IslandsCocos IslandsNA% 
183flag of Wallis and FutunaWallis and FutunaNA% 
184flag of West BankWest BankNA% 
185flag of Norfolk IslandNorfolk IslandNA% but probably high 
186flag of Cook IslandsCook IslandsNA% 
187flag of Isle of ManIsle of ManNA% but compulsory education between ages of 5 and 15 
188flag of NiueNiueNA% but education compulsory between 5 and 14 years of age 
189flag of Pitcairn IslandsPitcairn IslandsNA% but probably high 
190flag of MayotteMayotteNA% but probably high 
191flag of MartiniqueMartiniqueover 70% 
192flag of RéunionRéunionNA% but over 80% among younger generation 
193flag of Saint HelenaSaint HelenaNA% but probably high 
194flag of MacauMacaualmost 100% among Portuguese and Macanese; no data on Chinese population 
195flag of Saint-Pierre and MiquelonSaint-Pierre and MiquelonNA% but compulsory education between 6 and 16 years of age 
196flag of JerseyJerseyNA% but probably high 
197flag of South AfricaSouth Africaalmost all white population literate; government estimates 50% of blacks literate 
198flag of TokelauTokelauNA% but probably high 
199flag of South KoreaSouth Koreaover 90% 
200flag of GuernseyGuernseyNA% but universal education 
201flag of GuadeloupeGuadeloupeover 70% 
202flag of Northern Mariana IslandsNorthern Mariana IslandsNA% 
203flag of Gaza StripGaza StripNA% 
204flag of French PolynesiaFrench PolynesiaNA% 
205flag of FinlandFinlandalmost 100% 
206flag of Federated States of MicronesiaFederated States of MicronesiaNA% but education compulsory through eight grades 
207flag of Falkland IslandsFalkland IslandsNA% but compulsory education up to age 15 
208flag of SvalbardSvalbardNA% 

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