South Korea: Literacy rate

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 South Korea

Literacy rate

 Latest value 98.80
 Year 2018
 Measure percent
 Data availability 2008 - 2018
 Average 98.39
 Min - Max 97.97 - 98.80
 Source UNESCO
For that indicator, we provide data for South Korea from 2008 to 2018. The average value for South Korea during that period was 98.39 percent with a minimum of 97.97 percent in 2008 and a maximum of 98.8 percent in 2018. The latest value from 2018 is 98.8 percent. For comparison, the world average in 2018 based on 36 countries is 82.00 percent. See the global rankings for that indicator or use the country comparator to compare trends over time.
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Definition: Adult literacy rate is the percentage of people ages 15 and above who can both read and write with understanding a short simple statement about their everyday life.

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 Youth literacy rate, ages 15-24 100.00 2018 percent
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 Female to male ratio, secondary school students 0.99 2020 percent
 Female to male ratio, students at tertiary level education 0.85 2021 percent
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 Primary school enrollment 98.68 2021 percent
 Secondary school enrollment 98.10 2021 percent
 Tertiary school enrollment 100.32 2021 percent
 Trained teachers in primary education 100.00 2021 percent
 PISA math scores 527.303 2022 index points
 PISA reading scores 515.415 2022 index points
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