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Former British colonies 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.
Additional details:
  • Gibraltar: above 80% (2013)
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CONTENTS

# COUNTRY AMOUNT DATE GRAPH HISTORY
1 Barbados 99.7% 2013
=2 Canada 99% 2013
=2 Antigua and Barbuda 99% 2013
=2 United States 99% 2013
=2 New Zealand 99% 2013
=2 Australia 99% 2013
7 Trinidad and Tobago 98.8% 2013
8 Maldives 98.4% 2013
9 Saint Kitts and Nevis 97.8% 2013
10 Israel 97.1% 2013
11 Qatar 96.3% 2013
12 Grenada 96% 2013
=13 Singapore 95.9% 2013
=13 Jordan 95.9% 2013
15 The Bahamas 95.6% 2013
16 Brunei 95.4% 2013
17 Bahrain 94.6% 2013
18 Dominica 94% 2013
19 Kuwait 93.9% 2013
20 Fiji 93.7% 2013
21 Malaysia 93.1% 2013
22 Burma 92.7% 2013
23 Guyana 91.8% 2013
24 Sri Lanka 91.2% 2013
25 Saint Lucia 90.1% 2013
26 United Arab Emirates 90% 2013
27 Lesotho 89.6% 2013
28 Namibia 88.8% 2013
29 Swaziland 87.8% 2013
30 Kenya 87.4% 2013
31 Jamaica 87% 2013
32 Botswana 85.1% 2013
33 Zimbabwe 83.6% 2013
34 Belize 76.9% 2013
35 Malawi 74.8% 2013
36 Egypt 73.9% 2013
37 Uganda 73.2% 2013
38 Sudan 71.9% 2013
39 Ghana 71.5% 2013
40 Tanzania 67.8% 2013
41 Yemen 65.3% 2013
42 India 62.8% 2013
43 Zambia 61.4% 2013
44 Nigeria 61.3% 2013
45 Bangladesh 57.7% 2013
46 Pakistan 54.9% 2013
47 Bhutan 52.8% 2013
48 The Gambia 51.1% 2013
49 Sierra Leone 43.3% 2013
50 Somalia 37.8% 2013

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Former British colonies Compared by People > Literacy > Total population

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Interesting observations about People > Literacy > Total population

  • Cuba ranked first for literacy > total population amongst Hot countries in 2013.
  • Greenland ranked first for literacy > total population amongst Christian countries in 2013.
  • 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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