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Icelanders are the third most literate nation in the world, according new research

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  • One of the world's most literate nations Iceland has a 99.9% literacy rate, but raw literacy rates or test scores are not the only measure on how literate a nation is, a new study argues. Photo/GVA

A study conducted by a US scholar, John W. Miller, the president of Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, finds that Iceland is the third most literate nation in the world. The other four Nordic countries all occupy the top five spots. The US comes in seventh place and the UK in seventeenth.

The study, which was reported by the Washington Post, looks at more than raw literacy rates, but take into consideration various other factors, such as the number of libraries, newspapers and variables related to education system performance. Taking into consideration more factors than results on standardized tests provide a more accurate picture of true literacy, Miller argues according to the Washington Post.

Literacy is a strong measure of the level of human and social capital, but it is also crucial to economic success in its own right. The Washington Post quotes Miller as saying that “literate behaviors are critical to the success of individuals and nations in the knowledge-based economics that define our global future.”

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