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Adult (15+) literacy rate


In 2016, adult literacy rate in Singapore was 97 %. In the ranking by adult literacy rate including 16 countries, Singapore has the 3rd rank that is close to the positions of such countries as Macau and the Spain. Compared to Indonesia which at the top of the ranking with adult literacy rate of 95.4 % in 2016, Singapore has 1.75 % percent higher adult literacy rate.

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What is adult literacy rate?

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.