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East Asia and Pacific Compared by People > Literacy > Total population

DEFINITION: This entry is derived from People > Literacy, which 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.
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  • Gibraltar: above 80% (2013)
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# COUNTRY AMOUNT DATE GRAPH HISTORY
1 North Korea 100% 2013
=2 Japan 99% 2013
=2 Tonga 99% 2013
=2 New Zealand 99% 2013
=2 Australia 99% 2013
6 Samoa 98.8% 2013
7 South Korea 97.9% 2013
8 Mongolia 97.4% 2013
9 Taiwan 96.1% 2013
10 Singapore 95.9% 2013
=11 Brunei 95.4% 2013
=11 Philippines 95.4% 2013
13 China 95.1% 2013
=14 Fiji 93.7% 2013
=14 Marshall Islands 93.7% 2013
16 Thailand 93.5% 2013
17 Vietnam 93.4% 2013
18 Malaysia 93.1% 2013
19 Indonesia 92.8% 2013
20 Burma 92.7% 2013
21 Palau 92% 2013
22 Federated States of Micronesia 89% 2013
23 Solomon Islands 84.1% 2013
24 Vanuatu 83.2% 2013
25 Cambodia 73.9% 2013
26 Laos 72.7% 2013
27 Papua New Guinea 62.4% 2013
28 East Timor 58.3% 2013

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East Asia and Pacific Compared by People > Literacy > Total population

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  • Cuba ranked first for literacy > total population amongst Hot countries in 2013.
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  • Norway ranked first for literacy > total population amongst Europe in 2013.
  • Azerbaijan ranked first for literacy > total population amongst Muslim countries in 2013.
  • United States ranked second for literacy > total population amongst Former British colonies in 2013.
  • Liechtenstein ranked first for literacy > total population amongst Catholic countries in 2013.
  • Barbados ranked first for literacy > total population amongst Heavily indebted countries in 2013.
  • Luxembourg ranked first for literacy > total population amongst European Union in 2013.
  • Israel ranked first for literacy > total population amongst Middle Eastern and North Africa in 2013.
  • North Korea ranked first for literacy > total population amongst East Asia and Pacific in 2013.
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