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Top 10 Countries With Highest Literacy Rates

The literacy rate in any country is defined as the number of people of a society being educated to a particular level. Education is one the best pillars that help to hold the fundamental foundations of any nation. Education is not only liable for creating awareness among the people, but it serves as the way of promoting the talents and grooming the potential of every member of the society.

Following are the top 10 nations in the world with highest literacy rates. The literacy rate is defined as the number of individuals in the country that are categorized as literate and educated.


Andorra is a nation that is nearly 100% literate. The government of Andorra has played a significant role in achieving that objective by implementing such laws and rules that made education as a compulsion for all. Children between the ages of six and sixteen are made to attend the school. The country strived to provide free education up to a secondary level to all. It also spent the large amount of its GDP over educational sector and consequentially this has raised its level of literacy to highest percentage.


Next to Andorra, comes Finland, which spends seven-membered of its gross domestic product on the educational sector. The old saying, “education is the backbone of every society” which plays a special significance role in Finland. The government took many of the initiatives to shed the light of education to every corner of the country. From childhood to adult education, many of the institutes are providing it at no cost. Literacy level reflects on the good level of polished skills of the individual.


The political system of Greenland reveals that it has high considerations for education and literacy rate in the country. Therefore, a lot of the GDP of the country is spent on the educational institutions. There is way more emphasis on the vocational education. Since the early 80s, the system for vocational education was set up to extend the output of practical professionals. With its current population, the latest census reveals that Greenland has 100% of literacy rate.


The current education system working in the nation is the outcome of education policies enforced in 1971. Ever since the government strengthened and maintained the educational institutions of the country, the literacy rate in the country is as high as 100%. In 2004, new amendments were made in the educational policy, by passing a decree to add additional educational institutions to support a pupil with psychological impairments.


The key part of the educational system of Luxembourg is that it has Tri-bilingualism, providing education in 3 totally different languages: English, German and French. Therefore, it covers the broader part of the society to create awareness and spread literacy among the people. Besides other European countries, Luxembourg has also achieved the best rate of literacy in the country. Part of the GDP spent on education is little less than the other, but the percentage is as close as to 100% of the literacy rate in the country.


This European country is endowed with great beauty and a well-established, self-sufficient education system. As lower and higher education is provided free of cost thus not only native Norwegians obtain education at all levels but individuals from different parts of the world also travel Norway to seek higher education in any field.


Revolution in the educational system in Azerbaijan dates back to the Soviet era. Multiple schools and universities were established since then. Currently, there are thirty six state-run universities in the country and 15 private universities working in the country. It has raised the literacy level to an estimate of 99.8% according to the most recent estimates.


Education is made mandatory for all up to the age of 15 in Latvia. The standards of primary, secondary and tertiary education are quite satisfactory. It is the reason that a lot of the students from Ukraine, Russia, and Lithuania seek Latvia for getting tertiary education. Some schools and universities are presently working in the country in which thousands of students are being enrolled every year.

  1. CUBA

As backward as it appears, Cuba is not falling behind in the educational sector. Latest figures revealed that Cuba made it to the top 10 countries of the world with the highest literacy rates. it has also maintained its literacy level at 99.8%. Cuba spends 10 % of its total revenue from the educational sector. Cuba’s educational policies are fully based on Marx’s ideology, providing education to each phase of the society.


Estonia stands tenth on the world literacy rate. It has 99.8% of its population educated. Estonia has highly effective educational system with active educational institutes. Local governments are made responsible to run school on subsidies providing best quality educational studies in most parts of the country. Dividing the authority to the grass root level created larger supervision over the educational institutes working in the state.


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