World Literacy Rates – Does Your Country Make The Grade?

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The CIA has posted some interesting data around world literacy rates. They define literacy as: the % of people ages 15 and older with the ability to read and write. Some of the countries that achieved the highest scores include: Finland, Norway, Georgia, Poland, and Cuba (all scored above 99%). Some of the lowest include: Benin, Yemen, and Nepal (These countries languish in the 30-50% range).

Of the countries with the lowest rates, what’s alarming is the disparity amongst men and women. For example in Nepal 62.7% of men are literate while only 34.9% of woman are. In Yemen, 70% of men are literate while only 30% of women are. On the opposite end of the spectrum, In Belarus 99.8% of men are literate and 99.4% of women are.

So what’s the point of all this? Pick up a book and read people! Support your local libraries and education programs. America scored 99%, which puts us even with England, France, Australia, Japan, and Canada. Not bad, but there are still plenty of people in this country that are illiterate (about 2 millions).

If you’re literate, but not a big reader, here are some easy to read books that might just give you the bug:

1. Harry Potter & The Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
2. Angeles & Demons by Dan Brown
3. Naked by David Sedaris
4. Relic by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child

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