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CountryLiteracy
Afghanistandefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 28.1%
male: 43.1%
female: 12.6% (2000 est.)
Albaniadefinition: age 9 and over can read and write
total population: 98.7%
male: 99.2%
female: 98.3% (2001 census)
Algeriadefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 69.9%
male: 79.6%
female: 60.1% (2002 est.)
American Samoadefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 97%
male: 98%
female: 97% (1980 est.)
Andorradefinition: NA
total population: 100%
male: 100%
female: 100%
Angoladefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 67.4%
male: 82.9%
female: 54.2% (2001 est.)
Anguilladefinition: age 12 and over can read and write
total population: 95%
male: 95%
female: 95% (1984 est.)
Antigua and Barbudadefinition: age 15 and over has completed five or more years of schooling
total population: 85.8%
male: NA%
female: NA% (2003 est.)
Argentinadefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 97.2%
male: 97.2%
female: 97.2% (2001 census)
Armeniadefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 99.4%
male: 99.7%
female: 99.2% (2001 census)
Arubadefinition: NA
total population: 97.3%
male: 97.5%
female: 97.1% (2000 census)
Australiadefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 99%
male: 99%
female: 99% (2003 est.)
Austriadefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 98%
male: NA
female: NA
Azerbaijandefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 98.8%
male: 99.5%
female: 98.2% (1999 census)
Bahamas, Thedefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 95.6%
male: 94.7%
female: 96.5% (2003 est.)
Bahraindefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 86.5%
male: 88.6%
female: 83.6% (2001 census)
Bangladeshdefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 43.1%
male: 53.9%
female: 31.8% (2003 est.)
Barbadosdefinition: age 15 and over has ever attended school
total population: 99.7%
male: 99.7%
female: 99.7% (2002 est.)
Belarusdefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 99.6%
male: 99.8%
female: 99.4% (1999 census)
Belgiumdefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 99%
male: 99%
female: 99% (2003 est.)
Belizedefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 76.9%
male: 76.7%
female: 77.1% (2000 census)
Benindefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 34.7%
male: 47.9%
female: 23.3% (2002 census)
Bermudadefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 98%
male: 98%
female: 99% (2005 est.)
Bhutandefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 47%
male: 60%
female: 34% (2003 est.)
Boliviadefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 86.7%
male: 93.1%
female: 80.7% (2001 census)
Bosnia and Herzegovinadefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 96.7%
male: 99%
female: 94.4% (2000 est.)
Botswanadefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 81.2%
male: 80.4%
female: 81.8% (2003 est.)
Brazildefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 88.6%
male: 88.4%
female: 88.8% (2004 est.)
British Virgin Islandsdefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 97.8% (1991 est.)
male: NA%
female: NA%
Bruneidefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 92.7%
male: 95.2%
female: 90.2% (2001 census)
Bulgariadefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 98.2%
male: 98.7%
female: 97.7% (2001 census)
Burkina Fasodefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 21.8%
male: 29.4%
female: 15.2% (2003 est.)
Burmadefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 89.9%
male: 93.9%
female: 86.4% (2000 est.)
Burundidefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 59.3%
male: 67.3%
female: 52.2% (2000 est.)
Cambodiadefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 73.6%
male: 84.7%
female: 64.1% (2004 est.)
Cameroondefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 67.9%
male: 77%
female: 59.8% (2001 est.)
Canadadefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 99%
male: 99%
female: 99% (2003 est.)
Cape Verdedefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 76.6%
male: 85.8%
female: 69.2% (2003 est.)
Cayman Islandsdefinition: age 15 and over has ever attended school
total population: 98%
male: 98%
female: 98% (1970 est.)
Central African Republicdefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 51%
male: 63.3%
female: 39.9% (2003 est.)
Chaddefinition: age 15 and over can read and write French or Arabic
total population: 47.5%
male: 56%
female: 39.3% (2003 est.)
Chiledefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 95.7%
male: 95.8%
female: 95.6% (2002 census)
Chinadefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 90.9%
male: 95.1%
female: 86.5% (2000 census)
Christmas IslandNA
Cocos (Keeling) IslandsNA
Colombiadefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 92.8%
male: 92.9%
female: 92.7% (2004 est.)
Comorosdefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 56.5%
male: 63.6%
female: 49.3% (2003 est.)
Congo, Democratic Republic of thedefinition: age 15 and over can read and write French, Lingala, Kingwana, or Tshiluba
total population: 65.5%
male: 76.2%
female: 55.1% (2003 est.)
Congo, Republic of thedefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 83.8%
male: 89.6%
female: 78.4% (2003 est.)
Cook Islandsdefinition: NA
total population: 95%
male: NA%
female: NA%
Costa Ricadefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 96%
male: 95.9%
female: 96.1% (2003 est.)
Cote d'Ivoiredefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 50.9%
male: 57.9%
female: 43.6% (2003 est.)
Croatiadefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 98.1%
male: 99.3%
female: 97.1% (2001 census)
Cubadefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 99.8%
male: 99.8%
female: 99.8% (2002 census)
Cyprusdefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 97.6%
male: 98.9%
female: 96.3% (2003 est.)
Czech Republicdefinition: NA
total population: 99%
male: 99%
female: 99% (2003 est.)
Denmarkdefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 99%
male: 99%
female: 99% (2003 est.)
Djiboutidefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 67.9%
male: 78%
female: 58.4% (2003 est.)
Dominicadefinition: age 15 and over has ever attended school
total population: 94%
male: 94%
female: 94% (2003 est.)
Dominican Republicdefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 87%
male: 86.8%
female: 87.2% (2002 census)
Ecuadordefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 91%
male: 92.3%
female: 89.7% (2001 census)
Egyptdefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 71.4%
male: 83%
female: 59.4% (2005 est.)
El Salvadordefinition: age 10 and over can read and write
total population: 80.2%
male: 82.8%
female: 77.7% (2003 est.)
Equatorial Guineadefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 85.7%
male: 93.3%
female: 78.4% (2003 est.)
Eritreadefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 58.6%
male: 69.9%
female: 47.6% (2003 est.)
Estoniadefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 99.8%
male: 99.8%
female: 99.8% (2000 census)
Ethiopiadefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 42.7%
male: 50.3%
female: 35.1% (2003 est.)
Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas)NA
Faroe Islandsdefinition: NA
total population: NA%
male: NA%
female: NA%
note: probably 100%, the same as Denmark proper
Fijidefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 93.7%
male: 95.5%
female: 91.9% (2003 est.)
Finlanddefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 100%
male: 100%
female: 100% (2000 est.)
Francedefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 99%
male: 99%
female: 99% (2003 est.)
French Polynesiadefinition: age 14 and over can read and write
total population: 98%
male: 98%
female: 98% (1977 est.)
Gabondefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 63.2%
male: 73.7%
female: 53.3% (1995 est.)
Gambia, Thedefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 40.1%
male: 47.8%
female: 32.8% (2003 est.)
Gaza Stripdefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 92.4%
male: 96.7%
female: 88% (2004 est.)
Georgiadefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 100%
male: 100%
female: 100% (2004 est.)
Germanydefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 99%
male: 99%
female: 99% (2003 est.)
Ghanadefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 57.9%
male: 66.4%
female: 49.8% (2000 census)
Gibraltardefinition: NA
total population: above 80%
male: NA
female: NA
Greecedefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 96%
male: 97.8%
female: 94.2% (2001 census)
Greenlanddefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 100%
male: 100%
female: 100% (2001 est.)
Grenadadefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 96%
male: NA%
female: NA% (2003 est.)
Guamdefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 99%
male: 99%
female: 99% (1990 est.)
Guatemaladefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 69.1%
male: 75.4%
female: 63.3% (2002 census)
Guernseydefinition: NA
total population: NA%
male: NA%
female: NA%
Guineadefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 29.5%
male: 42.6%
female: 18.1% (2003 est.)
Guinea-Bissaudefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 42.4%
male: 58.1%
female: 27.4% (2003 est.)
Guyanadefinition: age 15 and over has ever attended school
total population: 98.8%
male: 99.1%
female: 98.5% (2003 est.)
Haitidefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 52.9%
male: 54.8%
female: 51.2% (2003 est.)
Holy See (Vatican City)definition: NA
total population: 100%
male: 100%
female: 100%
Hondurasdefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 80%
male: 79.8%
female: 80.2% (2001 census)
Hong Kongdefinition: age 15 and over has ever attended school
total population: 93.5%
male: 96.9%
female: 89.6% (2002)
Hungarydefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 99.4%
male: 99.5%
female: 99.3% (2003 est.)
Icelanddefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 99%
male: 99%
female: 99% (2003 est.)
Indiadefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 61%
male: 73.4%
female: 47.8% (2001 census)
Indonesiadefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 90.4%
male: 94%
female: 86.8% (2004 est.)
Irandefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 77%
male: 83.5%
female: 70.4% (2002 est.)
Iraqdefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 74.1%
male: 84.1%
female: 64.2% (2000 est.)
Irelanddefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 99%
male: 99%
female: 99% (2003 est.)
Isle of Mandefinition: NA
total population: NA%
male: NA%
female: NA%
Israeldefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 97.1%
male: 98.5%
female: 95.9% (2004 est.)
Italydefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 98.4%
male: 98.8%
female: 98% (2001 census)
Jamaicadefinition: age 15 and over has ever attended school
total population: 87.9%
male: 84.1%
female: 91.6% (2003 est.)
Japandefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 99%
male: 99%
female: 99% (2002)
Jerseydefinition: NA
total population: NA%
male: NA%
female: NA%
Jordandefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 89.9%
male: 95.1%
female: 84.7% (2003 est.)
Kazakhstandefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 99.5%
male: 99.8%
female: 99.3% (1999 est.)
Kenyadefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 85.1%
male: 90.6%
female: 79.7% (2003 est.)
Kiribatidefinition: NA
total population: NA
male: NA
female: NA
Korea, Northdefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 99%
male: 99%
female: 99%
Korea, Southdefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 97.9%
male: 99.2%
female: 96.6% (2002)
Kuwaitdefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 93.3%
male: 94.4%
female: 91% (2005 census)
Kyrgyzstandefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 98.7%
male: 99.3%
female: 98.1% (1999 census)
Laosdefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 68.7%
male: 77%
female: 60.9% (2001 est.)
Latviadefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 99.7%
male: 99.8%
female: 99.7% (2000 census)
Lebanondefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 87.4%
male: 93.1%
female: 82.2% (2003 est.)
Lesothodefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 84.8%
male: 74.5%
female: 94.5% (2003 est.)
Liberiadefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 57.5%
male: 73.3%
female: 41.6% (2003 est.)
Libyadefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 82.6%
male: 92.4%
female: 72% (2003 est.)
Liechtensteindefinition: age 10 and over can read and write
total population: 100%
male: 100%
female: 100%
Lithuaniadefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 99.6%
male: 99.6%
female: 99.6% (2001 census)
Luxembourgdefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 100%
male: 100%
female: 100% (2000 est.)
Macaudefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 91.3%
male: 95.3%
female: 87.8% (2001 census)
Macedoniadefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 96.1%
male: 98.2%
female: 94.1% (2002 census)
Madagascardefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 68.9%
male: 75.5%
female: 62.5% (2003 est.)
Malawidefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 62.7%
male: 76.1%
female: 49.8% (2003 est.)
Malaysiadefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 88.7%
male: 92%
female: 85.4% (2000 census)
Maldivesdefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 96.3%
male: 96.2%
female: 96.4% (2000 census)
Malidefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 46.4%
male: 53.5%
female: 39.6% (2003 est.)
Maltadefinition: age 10 and over can read and write
total population: 92.8%
male: 92%
female: 93.6% (2003 est.)
Marshall Islandsdefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 93.7%
male: 93.6%
female: 93.7% (1999)
Mauritaniadefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 51.2%
male: 59.5%
female: 43.4% (2000 census)
Mauritiusdefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 84.4%
male: 88.4%
female: 80.5% (2000 census)
Mayottedefinition: NA
total population: NA
male: NA
female: NA
Mexicodefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 91%
male: 92.4%
female: 89.6% (2004 est.)
Micronesia, Federated States ofdefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 89%
male: 91%
female: 88% (1980 est.)
Moldovadefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 99.1%
male: 99.7%
female: 98.6% (2005 est.)
Monacodefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 99%
male: 99%
female: 99% (2003 est.)
Mongoliadefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 97.8%
male: 98%
female: 97.5% (2000 census)
Montserratdefinition: age 15 and over has ever attended school
total population: 97%
male: 97%
female: 97% (1970 est.)
Moroccodefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 52.3%
male: 65.7%
female: 39.6% (2004 census)
Mozambiquedefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 47.8%
male: 63.5%
female: 32.7% (2003 est.)
Namibiadefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 85%
male: 86.8%
female: 83.5% (2001 census)
Naurudefinition: NA
total population: NA
male: NA
female: NA
Nepaldefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 48.6%
male: 62.7%
female: 34.9% (2001 census)
Netherlandsdefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 99%
male: 99%
female: 99% (2003 est.)
Netherlands Antillesdefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 96.7%
male: 96.7%
female: 96.8% (2003 est.)
New Caledoniadefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 96.2%
male: 96.8%
female: 95.5% (1996 census)
New Zealanddefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 99%
male: 99%
female: 99% (2003 est.)
Nicaraguadefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 67.5%
male: 67.2%
female: 67.8% (2003 est.)
Nigerdefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 28.7%
male: 42.9%
female: 15.1% (2005 est.)
Nigeriadefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 68%
male: 75.7%
female: 60.6% (2003 est.)
Niuedefinition: NA
total population: 95%
male: NA
female: NA
Norfolk IslandNA
Northern Mariana Islandsdefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 97%
male: 97%
female: 96% (1980 est.)
Norwaydefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 100%
male: 100%
female: 100%
Omandefinition: NA
total population: 81.4%
male: 86.8%
female: 73.5% (2003 est.)
Pakistandefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 49.9%
male: 63%
female: 36% (2005 est.)
Palaudefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 92%
male: 93%
female: 90% (1980 est.)
Panamadefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 91.9%
male: 92.5%
female: 91.2% (2000 census)
Papua New Guineadefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 57.3%
male: 63.4%
female: 50.9% (2000 census)
Paraguaydefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 94%
male: 94.9%
female: 93% (2003 est.)
Perudefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 87.7%
male: 93.5%
female: 82.1% (2004 est.)
Philippinesdefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 92.6%
male: 92.5%
female: 92.7% (2000 census)
Pitcairn IslandsNA
Polanddefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 99.8%
male: 99.8%
female: 99.7% (2003 est.)
Portugaldefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 93.3%
male: 95.5%
female: 91.3% (2003 est.)
Puerto Ricodefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 94.1%
male: 93.9%
female: 94.4% (2002 est.)
Qatardefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 89%
male: 89.1%
female: 88.6% (2004 census)
Romaniadefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 97.3%
male: 98.4%
female: 96.3% (2002 census)
Russiadefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 99.4%
male: 99.7%
female: 99.2% (2002 census)
Rwandadefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 70.4%
male: 76.3%
female: 64.7% (2003 est.)
Saint Helenadefinition: age 20 and over can read and write
total population: 97%
male: 97%
female: 98% (1987 est.)
Saint Kitts and Nevisdefinition: age 15 and over has ever attended school
total population: 97.8%
male: NA%
female: NA% (2003 est.)
Saint Luciadefinition: age 15 and over has ever attended school
total population: 90.1%
male: 89.5%
female: 90.6% (2001 est.)
Saint Pierre and Miquelondefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 99%
male: 99%
female: 99% (1982 est.)
Saint Vincent and the Grenadinesdefinition: age 15 and over has ever attended school
total population: 96%
male: 96%
female: 96% (1970 est.)
Samoadefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 99.7%
male: 99.6%
female: 99.7% (2003 est.)
San Marinodefinition: age 10 and over can read and write
total population: 96%
male: 97%
female: 95%
Sao Tome and Principedefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 84.9%
male: 92.2%
female: 77.9% (2001 census)
Saudi Arabiadefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 78.8%
male: 84.7%
female: 70.8% (2003 est.)
Senegaldefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 39.3%
male: 51.1%
female: 29.2% (2002 est.)
Serbiadefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 96.4%
male: 98.9%
female: 94.1% (2003 census)
note: includes Montenegro
Seychellesdefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 91.8%
male: 91.4%
female: 92.3% (2002 census)
Sierra Leonedefinition: age 15 and over can read and write English, Mende, Temne, or Arabic
total population: 35.1%
male: 46.9%
female: 24.4% (2004 est.)
Singaporedefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 92.5%
male: 96.6%
female: 88.6% (2000 census)
Slovakiadefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 99.6%
male: 99.7%
female: 99.6% (2001 est.)
Sloveniadefinition: NA
total population: 99.7%
male: 99.7%
female: 99.6%
Solomon Islandsdefinition: NA
total population: NA
male: NA
female: NA
Somaliadefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 37.8%
male: 49.7%
female: 25.8% (2001 est.)
South Africadefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 86.4%
male: 87%
female: 85.7% (2003 est.)
Spaindefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 97.9%
male: 98.7%
female: 97.2% (2003 est.)
Sri Lankadefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 90.7%
male: 92.3%
female: 89.1% (2001 census)
Sudandefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 61.1%
male: 71.8%
female: 50.5% (2003 est.)
Surinamedefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 89.6%
male: 92%
female: 87.2% (2004 census)
SvalbardNA
Swazilanddefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 81.6%
male: 82.6%
female: 80.8% (2003 est.)
Swedendefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 99%
male: 99%
female: 99% (2003 est.)
Switzerlanddefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 99%
male: 99%
female: 99% (2003 est.)
Syriadefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 79.6%
male: 86%
female: 73.6% (2004 census)
Taiwandefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 96.1%
male: NA%
female: NA% (2003)
Tajikistandefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 99.5%
male: 99.7%
female: 99.2% (2000 census)
Tanzaniadefinition: age 15 and over can read and write Kiswahili (Swahili), English, or Arabic
total population: 69.4%
male: 77.5%
female: 62.2% (2002 census)
Thailanddefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 92.6%
male: 94.9%
female: 90.5% (2000 census)
Timor-Lestedefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 58.6%
male: NA%
female: NA% (2002)
Togodefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 60.9%
male: 75.4%
female: 46.9% (2003 est.)
TokelauNA
Tongadefinition: can read and write Tongan and/or English
total population: 98.9%
male: 98.8%
female: 99% (1999 est.)
Trinidad and Tobagodefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 98.6%
male: 99.1%
female: 98% (2003 est.)
Tunisiadefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 74.3%
male: 83.4%
female: 65.3% (2004 census)
Turkeydefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 87.4%
male: 95.3%
female: 79.6% (2004 est.)
Turkmenistandefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 98.8%
male: 99.3%
female: 98.3% (1999 est.)
Turks and Caicos Islandsdefinition: age 15 and over has ever attended school
total population: 98%
male: 99%
female: 98% (1970 est.)
TuvaluNA
Ugandadefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 66.8%
male: 76.8%
female: 57.7% (2002 census)
Ukrainedefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 99.4%
male: 99.7%
female: 99.2% (2001 census)
United Arab Emiratesdefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 77.9%
male: 76.1%
female: 81.7% (2003 est.)
United Kingdomdefinition: age 15 and over has completed five or more years of schooling
total population: 99%
male: 99%
female: 99% (2003 est.)
United Statesdefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 99%
male: 99%
female: 99% (2003 est.)
Uruguaydefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 98%
male: 97.6%
female: 98.4% (2003 est.)
Uzbekistandefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 99.3%
male: 99.6%
female: 99% (2003 est.)
Vanuatudefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 74%
male: NA
female: NA (1999 census)
Venezueladefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 93%
male: 93.3%
female: 92.7% (2001 census)
Vietnamdefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 90.3%
male: 93.9%
female: 86.9% (2002 est.)
Virgin Islandsdefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 90-95% est.
male: NA%
female: NA% (2005 est.)
Wallis and Futunadefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 50%
male: 50%
female: 50% (1969 est.)
West Bankdefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 92.4%
male: 96.7%
female: 88% (2004 est.)
Western SaharaNA
Worlddefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 82%
male: 87%
female: 77%
note: over two-thirds of the world's 785 million illiterate adults are found in only eight countries (India, China, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Indonesia, and Egypt); of all the illiterate adults in the world, two-thirds are women; extremely low literacy rates are concentrated in three regions, South and West Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, and the Arab states, where around one-third of the men and half of all women are illiterate (2005 est.)
Yemendefinition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 50.2%
male: 70.5%
female: 30% (2003 est.)
Zambiadefinition: age 15 and over can read and write English
total population: 80.6%
male: 86.8%
female: 74.8% (2003 est.)
Zimbabwedefinition: age 15 and over can read and write English
total population: 90.7%
male: 94.2%
female: 87.2% (2003 est.)

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