World Literacy Day 2018: 10 Most Literate countries in the world

World Literacy Day 2018: Let us impart our knowledge

World Literacy day is celebrated annually on September 8th to combat worldwide issues of illiteracy. World Literacy Day 2018 is around the corner. This day aims at disseminating awareness towards literacy issues that are faced by people all over the world. On this day, campaigns and programmes were conducted to increase literacy among people and encourage them for getting the education. It was originally established by UNESCO – the United Nations Educational, Scientific & Cultural Organization – in 1965.

World Literacy Day 2018

Here is a list of World’s most literate countries: (According to


Russia is at the top in terms of literacy rates and its people has contributed a lot for boosting the economic growth of the country. This is also because Russia has top Universities functioning and producing highly qualified graduates every year.

Literacy rate:

Definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 99.7%
male: 99.7%
female: 99.6% (2015 est.)

% of GDP spend on Education– 4.888% (2014)

(Source- CIA World Factbook)


Canada makes into top literate countries with numerous youths making their ways to Canada for studying form top Universities to get a quality education. Between 2008 and 2014, Canada adult (15+) literacy rate remained stable at around 99 % according to Global information technology report 2016.

% of GDP spend on Education- 5.274 (Approx.)


Japan makes into the list with the highest rate of literacy being the reason for its inclusion among the most developed countries of the world. Education in Japan is compulsory for children between the ages of 6 and 15. Most children continue in education until they are 18. About 75% of high school graduates go on to attend university or another higher education institution. Two of Japan’s universities are among the world’s 40 best universities – Kyoto University (38th) and the University of Tokyo (39th).

% of GDP spend on Education- 3.591 (2014)



Definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 97.8%
male: 98.7%
female: 96.8% (2011 est.)

% of GDP spend on Education- 5.739 (2011)

5.South Korea 

Republic of Korea adult literacy rate was 98 % in 2008 – the single year for which the data is available at the moment. Though, it has degraded in past few years.

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The literacy rate in the US is 86 %. 32 million adults cannot read in the United States equal to 14% of the population. 21% of US adults read below the 5th-grade level. 19% of high school graduates cannot read. 85% of juveniles who interact with the juvenile court system are considered functionally illiterate. 70% of inmates in America’s prisons cannot read above the fourth-grade level.

Notably, the rate is constant for 10 years.

% of GDP spend on Education- 4.989 (2013)

7.United Kingdom

71% of children achieved a good level of development by the age of five, falling to 56% of children eligible for free school meals. 77% of five-year-olds met the minimum standard for reading, 73% for writing, 85% for speaking and 86% for listening. Fewer children on free school meals met the minimum standards for reading (63%), writing (58%), speaking (77%) and listening (77%) compared to their peers

% of GDP spend on Education- 5.631 (2015)

8. New Zealand 

New Zealand’s literacy rate (reported by UNESCO) is 99% for both men and women. Education in New Zealand is compulsory for children aged 6-16. Most are taught in Free State funded schools but there is also a number of private schools and homeschooling is allowed.

% of GDP spend on Education– 6.345 (2015)

9. Finland

Finland is the world’s most literate nation, according to new research.

% of GDP spend on Education- 7.152 (2014)

10. Australia

Literacy rate: 99%

% of GDP spend on Education- 4.989 (2014)

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