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Sparsely populated countries 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 Greenland 100% 2013
=1 Finland 100% 2013
=1 Norway 100% 2013
=4 Kazakhstan 99.7% 2013
=4 Russia 99.7% 2013
6 Turkmenistan 99.6% 2013
=7 Canada 99% 2013
=7 Iceland 99% 2013
=7 New Zealand 99% 2013
=7 Australia 99% 2013
11 Uruguay 98.1% 2013
12 Argentina 97.9% 2013
13 Mongolia 97.4% 2013
14 New Caledonia 96.2% 2013
15 Niue 95% 2013
16 Suriname 94.7% 2013
17 Paraguay 93.9% 2013
18 Guyana 91.8% 2013
19 Bolivia 91.2% 2013
20 Libya 89.5% 2013
21 Gabon 89% 2013
22 Namibia 88.8% 2013
23 Saudi Arabia 87.2% 2013
24 Oman 86.9% 2013
25 Botswana 85.1% 2013
26 Solomon Islands 84.1% 2013
27 Belize 76.9% 2013
28 Algeria 72.6% 2013
29 Sudan 71.9% 2013
30 Angola 70.4% 2013
31 Papua New Guinea 62.4% 2013
32 Zambia 61.4% 2013
33 Mauritania 58.6% 2013
34 Central African Republic 56.6% 2013
35 Bhutan 52.8% 2013
36 Somalia 37.8% 2013
37 Chad 35.4% 2013
38 Mali 33.4% 2013
39 Niger 28.7% 2013
40 South Sudan 27% 2013

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Sparsely populated countries 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.
  • Equatorial Guinea ranked first for literacy > total population amongst Sub-Saharan Africa in 2013.
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