Laos: Literacy rate: For that indicator, UNESCO provides data for Laos from 1995 to 2005. The average value for Laos during that period was 67.82 percent with a minumum of 60.25 percent in 1995 and a maximum of 72.7 percent in 2005.
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World Bank definition: 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.