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Malaysia - Adult (15+) literacy rate

94.6 (%) in 2015

In 2015, adult literacy rate for Malaysia was 94.6 %. Adult literacy rate of Malaysia increased from 69.5 % in 1980 to 94.6 % in 2015 growing at an average annual rate of 8.22 %.

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Adult (15+) literacy rate (%). Total is the percentage of the population age 15 and above who can, with understanding, read and write a short, simple statement on their everyday life. Generally, ‘literacy’ also encompasses ‘numeracy’, the ability to make simple arithmetic calculations. This indicator is calculated by dividing the number of literates aged 15 years and over by the corresponding age group population and multiplying the result by 100.

Date Value Change, %
2015 94.6 1.63 %
2010 93.1 5.00 %
2000 88.7 6.96 %
1991 82.9 19.27 %
1980 69.5