Country ranking for field: literacy 1990

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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 LuxembourgLuxembourg100 
2flag of LiechtensteinLiechtenstein100% 
3flag of AndorraAndorra100% 
4flag of NorwayNorway100% 
5flag of Holy SeeHoly See100% 
6flag of NamibiaNamibia100% whites 16% nonwhites 
7flag of IcelandIceland100% 
8flag of SwitzerlandSwitzerland99% 
9flag of Turks and Caicos IslandsTurks and Caicos Islands99% 
10flag of CanadaCanada99% 
11flag of NauruNauru99% 
12flag of Soviet UnionSoviet Union99% 
13flag of SwedenSweden99% 
14flag of New ZealandNew Zealand99% 
15flag of CyprusCyprus99% 
16flag of DenmarkDenmark99% 
17flag of GreenlandGreenland99% 
18flag of GibraltarGibraltar99% 
19flag of FranceFrance99% 
20flag of HungaryHungary99% 
21flag of The NetherlandsThe Netherlands99% 
22flag of United KingdomUnited Kingdom99% 
23flag of BarbadosBarbados99% 
24flag of American SamoaAmerican Samoa99% 
25flag of JapanJapan99% 
26flag of United StatesUnited States99% 
27flag of IrelandIreland99% 
28flag of Faroe IslandsFaroe Islands99% 
29flag of MonacoMonaco99% 
30flag of CubaCuba98.5% 
31flag of AustraliaAustralia98.5% 
32flag of British Virgin IslandsBritish Virgin Islands98% 
33flag of RomaniaRomania98% 
34flag of Cayman IslandsCayman Islands98% 
35flag of BelgiumBelgium98% 
36flag of Trinidad and TobagoTrinidad and Tobago98% 
37flag of BermudaBermuda98% 
38flag of AustriaAustria98% 
39flag of PolandPoland98% 
40flag of San MarinoSan Marino97% 
41flag of SpainSpain97% 
42flag of North KoreaNorth Korea95% 
43flag of GreeceGreece95% 
44flag of ArubaAruba95% 
45flag of Netherlands AntillesNetherlands Antilles95% 
46flag of BulgariaBulgaria95% 
47flag of The BahamasThe Bahamas95% 
48flag of ArgentinaArgentina94% 
49flag of TaiwanTaiwan94% 
50flag of UruguayUruguay94% 
51flag of ChileChile94% 
52flag of ItalyItaly93% 
53flag of BelizeBelize93% 
54flag of Costa RicaCosta Rica93% 
55flag of YugoslaviaYugoslavia90.5% 
56flag of GuamGuam90% 
57flag of Marshall IslandsMarshall Islands90% 
58flag of PanamaPanama90% 
59flag of KiribatiKiribati90% 
60flag of U.S. Virgin IslandsU.S. Virgin Islands90% 
61flag of Western SamoaWestern Samoa90% 
62flag of TongaTonga90-95%; compulsory education for children ages 6 to 14 
63flag of Antigua and BarbudaAntigua and Barbuda90% 
64flag of Puerto RicoPuerto Rico89% 
65flag of MexicoMexico88% 
66flag of ColombiaColombia88% 
67flag of PhilippinesPhilippines88% 
68flag of IsraelIsrael88% Jews 70% Arabs 
69flag of NicaraguaNicaragua88% 
70flag of Sri LankaSri Lanka87% 
71flag of SingaporeSingapore86.8% 
72flag of VenezuelaVenezuela85.6% 
73flag of LaosLaos85% 
74flag of GrenadaGrenada85% 
75flag of EcuadorEcuador85% 
76flag of GuyanaGuyana85% 
77flag of MaltaMalta83% 
78flag of PortugalPortugal83% 
79flag of MauritiusMauritius82.8% 
80flag of Saint Vincent and the GrenadinesSaint Vincent and the Grenadines82% 
81flag of ThailandThailand82% 
82flag of ParaguayParaguay81% 
83flag of AnguillaAnguilla80% 
84flag of FijiFiji80% 
85flag of DominicaDominica80% 
86flag of MongoliaMongolia80% 
87flag of Saint Kitts and NevisSaint Kitts and Nevis80% 
88flag of PeruPeru80% 
89flag of TanzaniaTanzania79% 
90flag of VietnamVietnam78% 
91flag of Saint LuciaSaint Lucia78% 
92flag of MyanmarMyanmar78% 
93flag of MontserratMontserrat77% 
94flag of BrazilBrazil76% 
95flag of ZambiaZambia75.7% 
96flag of Hong KongHong Kong75% 
97flag of AlbaniaAlbania75% 
98flag of LebanonLebanon75% 
99flag of ZimbabweZimbabwe74% 
100flag of JamaicaJamaica74% 
101flag of Dominican RepublicDominican Republic74% 
102flag of French GuianaFrench Guiana73% 
103flag of KuwaitKuwait71% 
104flag of JordanJordan71% 
105flag of TurkeyTurkey70% 
106flag of United Arab EmiratesUnited Arab Emirates68% 
107flag of SwazilandSwaziland67.9% 
108flag of MadagascarMadagascar67.5% 
109flag of SurinameSuriname65% 
110flag of El SalvadorEl Salvador65% 
111flag of MalaysiaMalaysia65.0% overall age 20 and up; Peninsular Malaysia--80%; Sabah--60%; Sarawak--60% 
112flag of BoliviaBolivia63% 
113flag of CongoCongo62.9% 
114flag of IndonesiaIndonesia62% 
115flag of TunisiaTunisia62% 
116flag of GabonGabon61.6% 
117flag of Solomon IslandsSolomon Islands60% 
118flag of BotswanaBotswana60% 
119flag of SeychellesSeychelles60% 
120flag of KenyaKenya59.2% 
121flag of LesothoLesotho59% 
122flag of UgandaUganda57.3% 
123flag of CameroonCameroon56.2% 
124flag of HondurasHonduras56% 
125flag of EthiopiaEthiopia55.2% 
126flag of IraqIraq55-65% 
127flag of ZaireZaire55% males 37% females 
128flag of GhanaGhana53.2% 
129flag of AlgeriaAlgeria52% 
130flag of Saudi ArabiaSaudi Arabia52% 
131flag of São Tomé and PríncipeSão Tomé and Príncipe50% 
132flag of LibyaLibya50-60% 
133flag of GuatemalaGuatemala50% 
134flag of SyriaSyria49% 
135flag of CambodiaCambodia48% 
136flag of Cabo VerdeCabo Verde48% 
137flag of IranIran48% 
138flag of RwandaRwanda46.6% 
139flag of BruneiBrunei45% 
140flag of EgyptEgypt45% 
141flag of Côte d'IvoireCôte d'Ivoire42.7% 
142flag of NigeriaNigeria42.4% 
143flag of MalawiMalawi41.2% 
144flag of AngolaAngola41% 
145flag of TogoTogo40.7% 
146flag of Central African RepublicCentral African Republic40.2% 
147flag of Equatorial GuineaEquatorial Guinea40% 
148flag of BahrainBahrain40% 
149flag of QatarQatar40% 
150flag of MozambiqueMozambique38% 
151flag of MaldivesMaldives36% 
152flag of IndiaIndia36% 
153flag of LiberiaLiberia35% 
154flag of Guinea-BissauGuinea-Bissau34% 
155flag of BurundiBurundi33.8% 
156flag of Papua New GuineaPapua New Guinea32% 
157flag of SudanSudan31% 
158flag of Sierra LeoneSierra Leone31% 
159flag of BangladeshBangladesh29% 
160flag of SenegalSenegal28.1% 
161flag of MoroccoMorocco28% 
162flag of PakistanPakistan26% 
163flag of BeninBenin25.9% 
164flag of ChadChad25.3% 
165flag of The GambiaThe Gambia25.1% 
166flag of HaitiHaiti23% 
167flag of Western SaharaWestern Sahara20% among Moroccans 5% among Saharans 
168flag of GuineaGuinea20% in French; 48% in local languages 
169flag of NepalNepal20% 
170flag of DjiboutiDjibouti20% 
171flag of OmanOman20% 
172flag of MaliMali18% 
173flag of MauritaniaMauritania17% 
174flag of ComorosComoros15% 
175flag of NigerNiger13.9% 
176flag of Burkina FasoBurkina Faso13.2% 
177flag of AfghanistanAfghanistan12% 
178flag of SomaliaSomalia11.6% 
179flag of VanuatuVanuatu10-20% 
180flag of BhutanBhutan5% 
181flag of Pitcairn IslandsPitcairn IslandsNA% but probably high 
182flag of GuernseyGuernseyNA% but universal education 
183flag of Isle of ManIsle of ManNA% but compulsory education between ages of 5 and 15 
184flag of MartiniqueMartiniqueover 70% 
185flag of Saint-Pierre and MiquelonSaint-Pierre and MiquelonNA% but compulsory education between 6 and 16 years of age 
186flag of MayotteMayotteNA% but probably high 
187flag of MacauMacaualmost 100% among Portuguese and Macanese; no data on Chinese population 
188flag of West BankWest BankNA% 
189flag of Wallis and FutunaWallis and FutunaNA% 
190flag of Saint HelenaSaint HelenaNA% but probably high 
191flag of South AfricaSouth Africaalmost all white population literate; government estimates 50% of blacks literate 
192flag of South KoreaSouth Koreaover 90% 
193flag of Cook IslandsCook IslandsNA% 
194flag of GuadeloupeGuadeloupeover 70% 
195flag of FinlandFinlandalmost 100% 
196flag of TuvaluTuvaluless than 50% 
197flag of RéunionRéunionNA% but over 80% among younger generation 
198flag of Falkland IslandsFalkland IslandsNA% but compulsory education up to age 15 
199flag of NiueNiueNA% but education compulsory between 5 and 14 years of age 
200flag of Norfolk IslandNorfolk IslandNA% but probably high 
201flag of Northern Mariana IslandsNorthern Mariana IslandsNA% 
202flag of TokelauTokelauNA% but probably high 
203flag of JerseyJerseyNA% but probably high 
204flag of SvalbardSvalbardNA% 
205flag of Federated States of MicronesiaFederated States of MicronesiaNA% but education compulsory through eight grades 
206flag of Cocos IslandsCocos IslandsNA% 
207flag of French PolynesiaFrench PolynesiaNA% 
208flag of Christmas IslandChristmas IslandNA% 
209flag of ChinaChinaover 75% 
210flag of Gaza StripGaza StripNA% 

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