Country Comparison > Literacy

RankCountryLiteracy (%)
1Finland100
2Greenland100
3Luxembourg100
4Latvia99.8
5Cuba99.8
6Estonia99.8
7Azerbaijan99.8
8Barbados99.7
9Georgia99.7
10Lithuania99.7
11Slovenia99.7
12Tajikistan99.7
13Ukraine99.7
14Samoa99.7
15Russia99.6
16Slovakia99.6
17Armenia99.6
18Belarus99.6
19Kazakhstan99.5
20Poland99.5
21Uzbekistan99.3
22United States99
23United Kingdom99
24Saint Pierre and Miquelon99
25Sweden99
26Switzerland99
27New Zealand99
28Netherlands99
29Monaco99
30Korea, North99
31Hungary99
32Iceland99
33Japan99
34Canada99
35Australia99
36Belgium99
37Germany99
38Guam99
39Czech Republic99
40France99
41Ireland99
42Denmark99
43Tonga98.9
44Turkmenistan98.8
45Croatia98.8
46Kyrgyzstan98.7
47Albania98.7
48Trinidad and Tobago98.6
49Moldova98.5
50Montenegro98.4
51Italy98.4
52Bulgaria98.4
53Cayman Islands98
54Bermuda98
55French Polynesia98
56Turks and Caicos Islands98
57Uruguay98
58Serbia97.9
59Bosnia and Herzegovina97.9
60Korea, South97.9
61Saint Kitts and Nevis97.8
62British Virgin Islands97.8
63Romania97.7
64Spain97.7
65Mongolia97.4
66Macedonia97.3
67Aruba97.3
68Argentina97.2
69Israel97.1
70Montserrat97
71American Samoa97
72Northern Mariana Islands97
73Saint Helena97
74Qatar96.3
75New Caledonia96.2
76Taiwan96.1
77Saint Vincent and the Grenadines96
78Greece96
79Grenada96
80Chile95.7
81Bahamas, The95.6
82Portugal95.2
83Anguilla95
84Costa Rica94.9
85Bahrain94.6
86Puerto Rico94.1
87Vietnam94
88Dominica94
89Paraguay94
90Equatorial Guinea93.9
91Maldives93.8
92Fiji93.7
93Marshall Islands93.7
94Hong Kong93.5
95Kuwait93.3
96Venezuela93
97Peru92.9
98Malta92.8
99Brunei92.7
100Jordan92.6
101Philippines92.6
102Thailand92.6
103Singapore92.5
104West Bank92.4
105Gaza Strip92.4
106China92.2
107Palau92
108Kosovo91.9
109Panama91.9
110Guyana91.8
111Seychelles91.8
112Macau91.3
113Sri Lanka91.2
114Ecuador91
115Zimbabwe90.7
116Colombia90.4
117Indonesia90.4
118Saint Lucia90.1
119Burma89.9
120Lesotho89.6
121Suriname89.6
122Libya89.2
123Micronesia, Federated States of89
124Namibia88.8
125Malaysia88.7
126Brazil88.6
127Mauritius88.5
128Gabon88.4
129Jamaica87.9
130Kenya87.4
131Lebanon87.4
132Turkey87.4
133Dominican Republic87
134Bolivia86.7
135Saudi Arabia86.6
136South Africa86.4
137Mexico86.1
138Antigua and Barbuda85.8
139Sao Tome and Principe84.9
140Botswana84.5
141Cape Verde84.3
142Congo, Republic of the83.8
143Swaziland81.6
144Oman81.4
145El Salvador81.1
146Zambia80.6
147Honduras80
148Syria79.6
149Iraq78.2
150United Arab Emirates77.9
151Iran77
152Belize76.9
153Cameroon75.9
154Comoros74.9
155Malawi74.8
156Tunisia74.3
157Vanuatu74
158Cambodia73.6
159Laos73
160Egypt72
161Rwanda71.1
162Angola70.1
163Algeria69.9
164Tanzania69.4
165Guatemala69.1
166Djibouti67.9
167Eritrea67.8
168Nicaragua67.5
169Ghana67.3
170Burundi67.2
171Congo, Democratic Republic of the66.8
172Uganda66.8
173Madagascar64.5
174Yemen63.9
175Nigeria61.3
176Sudan61.1
177India61
178Togo60.9
179Liberia60.8
180Nepal60.3
181East Timor58.6
182Mauritania58
183Papua New Guinea57.3
184Bangladesh56.8
185Cote d'Ivoire56.2
186Morocco56.1
187Mozambique56.1
188Central African Republic56
189Pakistan54.9
190Guinea-Bissau54.2
191Haiti52.9
192Gambia, The50
193Wallis and Futuna50
194Bhutan47
195Ethiopia42.7
196Benin42.4
197Guinea41
198Senegal39.3
199Somalia37.8
200Sierra Leone35.1
201Chad34.5
202Mali31.1
203Niger28.7
204Afghanistan28.1
205Burkina Faso21.8

Definition: This entry includes a definition of literacy and Census Bureau percentages for the total population, males, and females. There are no universal definitions and standards of literacy. Unless otherwise specified, all rates are based on the most common definition - the ability to read and write at a specified age. Detailing the standards that individual countries use to assess the ability to read and write is beyond the scope of the Factbook. Information on literacy, while not a perfect measure of educational results, is probably the most easily available and valid for international comparisons. Low levels of literacy, and education in general, can impede the economic development of a country in the current rapidly changing, technology-driven world.

Source: CIA World Factbook - Unless otherwise noted, information in this page is accurate as of January 1, 2012

See also: Literacy map

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