Finland is the most literate country in the world, followed by Norway and Iceland, according to an infographic by Global English Editing. The United States is ranked seventh.
“Literacy” refers to several characteristics, including number of libraries and newspapers, years of schooling, and availability of computers in a country. Global English Editing used 2016 statistics for its infographic.
Although the U.S. accounted for 30 percent of book sales, it wasn’t the most well-read country in the world. That honor belongs to India, followed by Thailand and China. Below are the highlights of the figures compiled by Global English Editing, which provides proofreading services.
Top 10 Most Literate Countries
- United States
- The Netherlands
Biggest Publishing Markets
- Unites States, 30 percent
- China, 10 percent
- Germany, 9 percent
- Japan, 7 percent
- France, 4 percent; United Kingdom, 4 percent
Top 10 Most Well-Read Countries
- Czech Republic
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