Countries with the Highest Literacy Rates

Updated February 21, 2017 | Factmonster Staff

The countries with the highest literacy rate, defined as the ability to read and write at a specified age.

1. Andorra 100%
2. Finland 100
3. Greenland 100
4. Vatican (Holy See) 100
5. Liechtenstein 100
6. Luxembourg 100
7. Norway 100
8. North Korea 100
9. Azerbaijan 99.8
10. Latvia 99.8

NOTE: Country rankings of the type presented above cannot pretend to be definitive; instead they aspire only to provide the reader with an approximation of the high and low ends on a particular scale. Country data vary enormously depending on the sources, and the absence of reliable data on some countries requires their omission, which further skews the results. Source: 1. The World Factbook, 2015.
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