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Afghanistan
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 38.2%
male: 52%
female: 24.2% (2015 est.)
Albania
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 97.6%
male: 98.4%
female: 96.9% (2015 est.)
Algeria
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 80.2%
male: 87.2%
female: 73.1% (2015 est.)
Andorra
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 100%
male: 100%
female: 100% (2016 est.)
Angola
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 71.1%
male: 82%
female: 60.7% (2015 est.)
Antigua and Barbuda
definition: age 15 and over has completed five or more years of schooling
total population: 99%
male: 98.4%
female: 99.4% (2012 est.)
Argentina
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 99.1%
male: 99.1%
female: 99.1% (2016 est.)
Armenia
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 99.7%
male: 99.7%
female: 99.6% (2015 est.)
Aruba
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 97.5%
male: 97.5%
female: 97.5% (2015 est.)
Azerbaijan
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 99.8%
male: 99.9%
female: 99.7% (2016 est.)
Bahrain
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 95.7%
male: 96.9%
female: 93.5% (2015 est.)
Bangladesh
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 72.9%
male: 75.7%
female: 70.1% (2017 est.)
Barbados
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 99.6%
male: 99.6%
female: 99.6% (2014)
Belarus
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 99.7%
male: 99.8%
female: 99.7% (2015 est.)
Benin
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 38.4%
male: 49.9%
female: 27.3% (2015 est.)
Bhutan
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 64.9%
male: 73.1%
female: 55% (2015 est.)
Bolivia
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 92.5%
male: 96.5%
female: 88.6% (2015 est.)
Bosnia and Herzegovina
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 98.5%
male: 99.5%
female: 97.5% (2015 est.)
Botswana
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 88.5%
male: 88%
female: 88.9% (2015 est.)
Brazil
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 92%
male: 91.7%
female: 92.3% (2015 est.)
Brunei
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 96%
male: 97.5%
female: 94.5% (2015 est.)
Bulgaria
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 98.4%
male: 98.7%
female: 98.1% (2015 est.)
Burkina Faso
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 36%
male: 43%
female: 29.3% (2015 est.)
Burma
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 75.6%
male: 80%
female: 71.8% (2016 est.)
Burundi
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 85.6%
male: 88.2%
female: 83.1% (2015 est.)
Cambodia
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 80.5%
male: 86.5%
female: 75% (2015 est.)
Cameroon
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 75%
male: 81.2%
female: 68.9% (2015 est.)
Cape Verde
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 86.8%
male: 91.7%
female: 82% (2015 est.)
Cayman Islands
definition: age 15 and over has ever attended school
total population: 98.9%
male: 98.7%
female: 99% (2007 est.)
Central African Republic
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 36.8%
male: 50.7%
female: 24.4% (2015 est.)
Chad
definition: age 15 and over can read and write French or Arabic
total population: 22.3%
male: 31.3%
female: 14% (2016 est.)
Chile
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 96.9%
male: 97%
female: 96.7% (2015 est.)
China
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 96.4%
male: 98.2%
female: 94.5% (2015 est.)
Colombia
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 94.7%
male: 94.4%
female: 94.9% (2016 est.)
Comoros
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 77.8%
male: 81.8%
female: 73.7% (2015 est.)
Congo, Democratic Republic of the
definition: age 15 and over can read and write French, Lingala, Kingwana, or Tshiluba
total population: 77%
male: 88.5%
female: 66.5% (2016 est.)
Congo, Republic of the
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 79.3%
male: 86.4%
female: 72.9% (2015 est.)
Costa Rica
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 97.8%
male: 97.7%
female: 97.8% (2015 est.)
Cote d'Ivoire
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 43.1%
male: 53.1%
female: 32.5% (2015 est.)
Croatia
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 99.3%
male: 99.7%
female: 98.9% (2015 est.)
Cuba
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 99.8%
male: 99.9%
female: 99.8% (2015 est.)
Cyprus
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 99.1%
male: 99.5%
female: 98.7% (2015 est.)
Czech Republic
definition: NA
total population: 99%
male: 99%
female: 99% (2011 est.)
Dominican Republic
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 93.8%
male: 93.8%
female: 93.8% (2016 est.)
East Timor
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 67.5%
male: 71.5%
female: 63.4% (2015 est.)
Ecuador
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 94.4%
male: 95.4%
female: 93.3% (2016 est.)
Egypt
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 80.8%
male: 86.5%
female: 75% (2017 est.)
El Salvador
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 88.1%
male: 90.3%
female: 86.3% (2016 est.)
Equatorial Guinea
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 95.3%
male: 97.4%
female: 93% (2015 est.)
Eritrea
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 73.8%
male: 82.4%
female: 65.5% (2015 est.)
Estonia
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 99.8%
male: 99.8%
female: 99.8% (2015 est.)
Ethiopia
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 49.1%
male: 57.2%
female: 41.1% (2015 est.)
Gabon
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 83.2%
male: 85.3%
female: 81% (2015 est.)
Gambia, The
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 55.5%
male: 63.9%
female: 47.6% (2015 est.)
Gaza Strip
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 96.9%
male: 98.6%
female: 95.2% (2016 est.)

note: estimates are for Gaza and the West Bank

Georgia
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 99.8%
male: 99.8%
female: 99.7% (2015 est.)
Ghana
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 76.6%
male: 82%
female: 71.4% (2015 est.)
Greece
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 97.7%
male: 98.5%
female: 96.9% (2015 est.)
Greenland
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 100%
male: 100%
female: 100% (2015 est.)
Grenada
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 98.6%
male: 98.6%
female: 98.6% (2014 est.)
Guatemala
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 81.5%
male: 87.4%
female: 76.3% (2015 est.)
Guinea
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 30.4%
male: 38.1%
female: 22.8% (2015 est.)
Guinea-Bissau
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 59.9%
male: 71.8%
female: 48.3% (2015 est.)
Guyana
definition: age 15 and over has ever attended school
total population: 88.5%
male: 87.2%
female: 89.8% (2015 est.)
Haiti
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 60.7%
male: 64.3%
female: 57.3% (2015 est.)
Honduras
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 89%
male: 89%
female: 88.9% (2016 est.)
Hungary
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 99.1%
male: 99.1%
female: 99% (2015 est.)
India
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 71.2%
male: 81.3%
female: 60.6% (2015 est.)
Indonesia
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 95.4%
male: 97.2%
female: 93.6% (2016 est.)
Iran
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 85.5%
male: 90.4%
female: 80.8% (2016 est.)
Iraq
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 79.7%
male: 85.7%
female: 73.7% (2015 est.)
Israel
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 97.8%
male: 98.7%
female: 96.8% (2011 est.)
Italy
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 99.2%
male: 99.4%
female: 99% (2015 est.)
Jamaica
definition: age 15 and over has ever attended school
total population: 88.7%
male: 84%
female: 93.1% (2015 est.)
Jordan
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 95.4%
male: 97.7%
female: 92.9% (2015 est.)
Kazakhstan
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 99.8%
male: 99.8%
female: 99.8% (2015 est.)
Kenya
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 78%
male: 81.1%
female: 74.9% (2015 est.)
Korea, North
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 100%
male: 100%
female: 100% (2015 est.)
Kuwait
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 96%
male: 96.7%
female: 94.8% (2017 est.)
Kyrgyzstan
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 99.5%
male: 99.6%
female: 99.4% (2015 est.)
Laos
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 84.7%
male: 90%
female: 79.4% (2015 est.)
Latvia
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 99.9%
male: 99.9%
female: 99.9% (2015 est.)
Lebanon
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 93.9%
male: 96%
female: 91.8% (2015 est.)
Lesotho
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 79.4%
male: 70.1%
female: 88.3% (2015 est.)
Liberia
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 47.6%
male: 62.4%
female: 32.8% (2015 est.)
Libya
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 91%
male: 96.7%
female: 85.6% (2015 est.)
Lithuania
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 99.8%
male: 99.8%
female: 99.8% (2015 est.)
Macau
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 96.5%
male: 98.2%
female: 95% (2016 est.)
Macedonia
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 97.8%
male: 98.8%
female: 96.8% (2015 est.)
Madagascar
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 64.7%
male: 66.7%
female: 62.6% (2015 est.)
Malawi
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 62.1%
male: 69.8%
female: 55.2% (2015 est.)
Malaysia
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 94.6%
male: 96.2%
female: 93.2% (2015 est.)
Maldives
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 99.3%
male: 99.8%
female: 98.8% (2015 est.)
Mali
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 33.1%
male: 45.1%
female: 22.2% (2015 est.)
Malta
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 94.4%
male: 93.1%
female: 95.8% (2015 est.)
Marshall Islands
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 98.3%
male: 98.3%
female: 98.2% (2011 est.)
Mauritania
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 52.1%
male: 62.6%
female: 41.6% (2015 est.)
Mauritius
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 93.2%
male: 95.4%
female: 91% (2016 est.)
Mexico
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 94.9%
male: 95.8%
female: 94% (2016 est.)
Moldova
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 99.4%
male: 99.7%
female: 99.1% (2015 est.)
Mongolia
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 98.4%
male: 98.2%
female: 98.6% (2015 est.)
Montenegro
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 98.7%
male: 99.5%
female: 98% (2015 est.)
Morocco
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 68.5%
male: 78.6%
female: 58.8% (2015 est.)
Mozambique
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 56%
male: 70.8%
female: 43.1% (2015 est.)
Namibia
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 81.9%
male: 79.2%
female: 84.5% (2015 est.)
Nepal
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 63.9%
male: 76.4%
female: 53.1% (2015 est.)
New Caledonia
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 96.9%
male: 97.3%
female: 96.5% (2015 est.)
Nicaragua
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 82.8%
male: 82.4%
female: 83.2% (2015 est.)
Niger
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 19.1%
male: 27.3%
female: 11% (2015 est.)
Nigeria
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 59.6%
male: 69.2%
female: 49.7% (2015 est.)
Oman
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 96.1%
male: 97.4%
female: 93.2% (2017 est.)
Pakistan
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 57.9%
male: 69.5%
female: 45.8% (2015 est.)
Palau
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 96.6%
male: 96.8%
female: 96.3% (2015 est.)
Panama
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 95%
male: 95.7%
female: 94.4% (2015 est.)
Papua New Guinea
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 64.2%
male: 65.6%
female: 62.8% (2015 est.)
Paraguay
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 94.7%
male: 95.5%
female: 93.8% (2016 est.)
Peru
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 94.2%
male: 97.2%
female: 91.2% (2016 est.)
Philippines
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 96.3%
male: 95.8%
female: 96.8% (2015 est.)
Poland
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 99.8%
male: 99.9%
female: 99.7% (2015 est.)
Portugal
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 95.7%
male: 97.1%
female: 94.4% (2015 est.)
Puerto Rico
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 93.3%
male: 92.8%
female: 93.8% (2015 est.)
Qatar
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 97.3%
male: 97.4%
female: 96.8% (2015 est.)
Romania
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 98.8%
male: 99.1%
female: 98.5% (2015 est.)
Russia
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 99.7%
male: 99.7%
female: 99.6% (2015 est.)
Rwanda
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 70.5%
male: 73.2%
female: 68% (2015 est.)
Samoa
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 99%
male: 99.1%
female: 98.8% (2015 est.)
Sao Tome and Principe
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 74.9%
male: 81.8%
female: 68.4% (2015 est.)
Saudi Arabia
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 94.7%
male: 97%
female: 91.1% (2015 est.)
Senegal
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 51.9%
male: 64.8%
female: 39.8% (2017 est.)
Serbia
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 98.8%
male: 99.5%
female: 98.2% (2016 est.)
Seychelles
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 91.8%
male: 91.4%
female: 92.3% (2012 est.)
Sierra Leone
definition: age 15 and over can read and write English, Mende, Temne, or Arabic
total population: 48.1%
male: 58.7%
female: 37.7% (2015 est.)
Singapore
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 97%
male: 98.7%
female: 95.4% (2016 est.)
Slovenia
definition: NA
total population: 99.7%
male: 99.7%
female: 99.7% (2015 est.)
Solomon Islands
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 84.1%
male: 88.9%
female: 79.2% (2009 est.)
South Africa
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 94.4%
male: 95.4%
female: 93.4% (2015 est.)
South Sudan
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 27%
male: 40%
female: 16% (2009 est.)
Spain
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 98.3%
male: 98.8%
female: 97.7% (2016 est.)
Sri Lanka
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 91.9%
male: 93%
female: 91% (2017 est.)
Sudan
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 75.9%
male: 83.3%
female: 68.6% (2015 est.)
Suriname
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 95.6%
male: 96.1%
female: 95% (2015 est.)
Swaziland
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 87.5%
male: 87.4%
female: 87.5% (2015 est.)
Syria
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 86.4%
male: 91.7%
female: 81% (2015 est.)
Taiwan
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 98.5%
male: 99.7%
female: 97.3% (2014 est.)
Tajikistan
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 99.8%
male: 99.8%
female: 99.7% (2015 est.)
Tanzania
definition: age 15 and over can read and write Kiswahili (Swahili), English, or Arabic
total population: 77.9%
male: 83.2%
female: 73.1% (2015 est.)
Thailand
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 92.9%
male: 94.7%
female: 91.2% (2015 est.)
Togo
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 63.7%
male: 77.3%
female: 51.2% (2015 est.)
Tonga
definition: can read and write Tongan and/or English
total population: 99.4%
male: 99.3%
female: 99.4% (2015 est.)
Trinidad and Tobago
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 99%
male: 99.2%
female: 98.7% (2015 est.)
Tunisia
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 81.8%
male: 89.6%
female: 74.2% (2015 est.)
Turkey
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 96.2%
male: 98.8%
female: 93.6% (2016 est.)
Turkmenistan
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 99.7%
male: 99.8%
female: 99.6% (2015 est.)
Uganda
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 78.4%
male: 85.3%
female: 71.5% (2015 est.)
Ukraine
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 99.8%
male: 99.8%
female: 99.7% (2015 est.)
United Arab Emirates
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 93.8%
male: 93.1%
female: 95.8% (2015 est.)
Uruguay
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 98.6%
male: 98.2%
female: 99% (2017 est.)
Uzbekistan
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 100%
male: 100%
female: 100% (2016 est.)
Vanuatu
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 85.2%
male: 86.6%
female: 83.8% (2015 est.)
Venezuela
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 97.1%
male: 97%
female: 97.2% (2016 est.)
Vietnam
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 94.5%
male: 96.3%
female: 92.8% (2015 est.)
West Bank
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 96.9%
male: 98.6%
female: 95.2% (2016 est.)

note: estimates are for Gaza and the West Bank

World
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 86.2%
male: 89.8%
female: 82.6% (2016 est.)

note: more than three-quarters of the world's 750 million illiterate adults are found in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa; of all the illiterate adults in the world, almost two-thirds are women (2016)

Yemen
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 70.1%
male: 85.1%
female: 55% (2015 est.)
Zambia
definition: age 15 and over can read and write English
total population: 63.4%
male: 70.9%
female: 56% (2015 est.)
Zimbabwe
definition: age 15 and over can read and write English
total population: 86.5%
male: 88.5%
female: 84.6% (2015 est.)

Source: CIA Factbook