Country Comparison > Literacy

RankCountryLiteracy (%)
1Andorra100
2Finland100
3Greenland100
4Korea, North100
5Liechtenstein100
6Luxembourg100
7Holy See (Vatican City)100
8Latvia99.8
9Estonia99.8
10Cuba99.8
11Azerbaijan99.8
12Barbados99.7
13Lithuania99.7
14Kazakhstan99.7
15Georgia99.7
16Ukraine99.7
17Tajikistan99.7
18Poland99.7
19Russia99.7
20Slovenia99.7
21Turkmenistan99.6
22Slovakia99.6
23Armenia99.6
24Belarus99.6
25Uzbekistan99.4
26Kyrgyzstan99.2
27Italy99
28Japan99
29Germany99
30Guam99
31Hungary99
32Iceland99
33Moldova99
34Monaco99
35Netherlands99
36Canada99
37Belgium99
38Australia99
39Antigua and Barbuda99
40Denmark99
41Ireland99
42Czech Republic99
43France99
44United Kingdom99
45United States99
46Tonga99
47Sweden99
48Switzerland99
49Saint Pierre and Miquelon99
50New Zealand99
51Cayman Islands98.9
52Croatia98.9
53Trinidad and Tobago98.8
54Samoa98.8
55Chile98.6
56Montenegro98.5
57Maldives98.4
58Bulgaria98.4
59Uruguay98.1
60Turks and Caicos Islands98
61Serbia98
62Bermuda98
63Bosnia and Herzegovina98
64Austria98
65French Polynesia98
66Argentina97.9
67Korea, South97.9
68Saint Kitts and Nevis97.8
69British Virgin Islands97.8
70Romania97.7
71Spain97.7
72Macedonia97.4
73Mongolia97.4
74Greece97.3
75Israel97.1
76Montserrat97
77American Samoa97
78Northern Mariana Islands97
79Saint Helena97
80Aruba96.8
81Albania96.8
82Costa Rica96.3
83Qatar96.3
84New Caledonia96.2
85Taiwan96.1
86Saint Vincent and the Grenadines96
87San Marino96
88Grenada96
89Jordan95.9
90Singapore95.9
91Macau95.6
92Bahamas, The95.6
93Venezuela95.5
94Portugal95.4
95Philippines95.4
96Brunei95.4
97Gaza Strip95.3
98West Bank95.3
99China95.1
100Cook Islands95
101Anguilla95
102Niue95
103Norway95
104Suriname94.7
105Bahrain94.6
106Equatorial Guinea94.2
107Panama94.1
108Turkey94.1
109Dominica94
110Kuwait93.9
111Paraguay93.9
112Marshall Islands93.7
113Fiji93.7
114Colombia93.6
115Hong Kong93.5
116Mexico93.5
117Thailand93.5
118Vietnam93.4
119Malaysia93.1
120South Africa93
121Indonesia92.8
122Burma92.7
123Malta92.4
124Palau92
125Kosovo91.9
126Guyana91.8
127Seychelles91.8
128Ecuador91.6
129Sri Lanka91.2
130Bolivia91.2
131Brazil90.4
132Puerto Rico90.3
133Saint Lucia90.1
134Dominican Republic90.1
135United Arab Emirates90
136Peru89.6
137Lebanon89.6
138Lesotho89.6
139Libya89.5
140Gabon89
141Micronesia, Federated States of89
142Mauritius88.8
143Namibia88.8
144Swaziland87.8
145Kenya87.4
146Saudi Arabia87.2
147Jamaica87
148Oman86.9
149Honduras85.1
150Botswana85.1
151Iran85
152Cape Verde84.9
153El Salvador84.5
154Solomon Islands84.1
155Syria84.1
156Congo, Republic of the83.8
157Zimbabwe83.6
158Vanuatu83.2
159Tunisia79.1
160Iraq78.5
161Nicaragua78
162Belize76.9
163Guatemala75.9
164Comoros75.5
165Malawi74.8
166Egypt73.9
167Cambodia73.9
168Uganda73.2
169Laos72.7
170Algeria72.6
171Sudan71.9
172Ghana71.5
173Cameroon71.3
174Rwanda71.1
175Angola70.4
176Sao Tome and Principe69.5
177Eritrea68.9
178Djibouti67.9
179Tanzania67.8
180Burundi67.2
181Morocco67.1
182Congo, Democratic Republic of the66.8
183Yemen65.3
184Madagascar64.5
185India62.8
186Papua New Guinea62.4
187Zambia61.4
188Nigeria61.3
189Liberia60.8
190Togo60.4
191Mauritania58.6
192East Timor58.3
193Bangladesh57.7
194Nepal57.4
195Cote d'Ivoire56.9
196Central African Republic56.6
197Mozambique56.1
198Guinea-Bissau55.3
199Pakistan54.9
200Bhutan52.8
201Gambia, The51.1
202Wallis and Futuna50
203Senegal49.7
204Haiti48.7
205Sierra Leone43.3
206Benin42.4
207Guinea41
208Ethiopia39
209Somalia37.8
210Chad35.4
211Mali33.4
212Niger28.7
213Burkina Faso28.7
214Afghanistan28.1
215South Sudan27

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, 2014

See also: Literacy map

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