Infographic: Illiteracy Around the World


I posted this infographic some time ago and mindlessly forgot to link it to its source. The creator of the graphic contacted me recently and pointed this out. So, I’m reposting with my apologies and an encouragement to my readers to click through and visit the folks who went to the trouble to create this interesting look at illiteracy around the world.


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  1. Will

    I’m actually pretty good at math (though I admit I don’t like geometry) and I could probably do most of the things you list in Math Literacy. I’m also an avid reader, and it’s disappointing to find there are so many adults who have trouble reading.

  2. Ryan Belcher
    Ryan Belcher08-22-2013

    It’s interesting that 42 million Americans “can’t read at all,” yet at least 95% of the country is literate. I’m guessing there were different standards used for the sources of each of those numbers. Which raises the question, what exactly does it mean to be illiterate.

    Also, the “source” link at the bottom took me to a coupon site. Was that really the source?

    • Brian Wasko
      Brian Wasko08-22-2013

      Those numbers are definitely wrong, Ryan. I should have examined this graphic more closely before posting it. Good catch.

  3. Brian Wasko
    Brian Wasko06-07-2011

    The most encouraging chart is the second one–on world illiteracy. It shows a steady decline.

  4. Merri

    Shocking statistics . . .hopefully as a nation, it’s a wake-up call to develop better study habits and routines.
    Pertinent information, Brian.
    Many thanks,

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