Adult literacy rate

Year 1986 1991 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001
% 86.90 87.70 90.40 90.70 91.10 91.60 92.40 92.70
Year 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
% 93.10 93 93.20 93.60 94.10 94.50 94.60 94.80
Year 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
% 94.70 94.90 95.50 95.60 95.60 96 96

Operational Definitions

The Land-based non-institutional population (LBNP) aged 15 and over having attained primary education and above, by sex and by age group, as percentage of total LBNP in the respective group, based on the General Household Survey. Educational attainment refers to the highest level of education attained by a person in an educational institution regardless of whether he/she had completed the course. Only formal courses are counted as educational attainment.


All figures are collected from Census and Statistics Department since 1999.
According to C&SD (25Sep2009), starting from the year 2001, annual figures derived from the General Household Survey (GHS) may be different from those in the earlier edition. For the previous edition, the annual figures are compiled based on the average data for the four quarters of the year concerned. Starting from this edition, these statistics are compiled based on data collected in the General Household Survey in January to December each year as well as the mid-year population estimates by District Council district compiled jointly by the Census and Statistics Department and an inter-departmental Working Group on Population Distribution Projections.
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