Access to electricity (% of population) - Country Ranking

Definition: Access to electricity is the percentage of population with access to electricity. Electrification data are collected from industry, national surveys and international sources.

Source: World Bank, Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) database from the SE4ALL Global Tracking Framework led jointly by the World Bank, International Energy Agency, and the Energy Sector Management Assistance Program.

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Rank Country Value Year
1 Bulgaria 100.00 2017
1 Greece 100.00 2017
1 Mexico 100.00 2017
1 Palau 100.00 2017
1 Andorra 100.00 2017
1 Israel 100.00 2017
1 Italy 100.00 2017
1 Monaco 100.00 2017
1 Jordan 100.00 2017
1 Lebanon 100.00 2017
1 Lithuania 100.00 2017
1 Puerto Rico 100.00 2017
1 Serbia 100.00 2017
1 Albania 100.00 2017
1 Austria 100.00 2017
1 Cayman Islands 100.00 2017
1 Kazakhstan 100.00 2017
1 Luxembourg 100.00 2017
1 Malaysia 100.00 2017
1 Bosnia and Herzegovina 100.00 2017
1 Switzerland 100.00 2017
1 Slovenia 100.00 2017
1 Uruguay 100.00 2017
1 United States 100.00 2017
1 Bahrain 100.00 2017
1 Czech Republic 100.00 2017
1 Liechtenstein 100.00 2017
1 San Marino 100.00 2017
1 Qatar 100.00 2017
1 Singapore 100.00 2017
1 Antigua and Barbuda 100.00 2017
1 Dominica 100.00 2017
1 Dominican Republic 100.00 2017
1 France 100.00 2017
1 Ireland 100.00 2017
1 Iceland 100.00 2017
1 St. Kitts and Nevis 100.00 2017
1 Latvia 100.00 2017
1 Montenegro 100.00 2017
1 Sweden 100.00 2017
1 Uzbekistan 100.00 2017
1 Cuba 100.00 2017
1 Georgia 100.00 2017
1 North Macedonia 100.00 2017
1 New Zealand 100.00 2017
1 Panama 100.00 2017
1 Morocco 100.00 2017
1 Poland 100.00 2017
1 Saudi Arabia 100.00 2017
1 Australia 100.00 2017
1 The Bahamas 100.00 2017
1 Barbados 100.00 2017
1 Spain 100.00 2017
1 Japan 100.00 2017
1 Romania 100.00 2017
1 Thailand 100.00 2017
1 Turkmenistan 100.00 2017
1 Brazil 100.00 2017
1 China 100.00 2017
1 Denmark 100.00 2017
1 Egypt 100.00 2017
1 Hong Kong SAR, China 100.00 2017
1 Kyrgyz Republic 100.00 2017
1 Slovak Republic 100.00 2017
1 Ukraine 100.00 2017
1 Vietnam 100.00 2017
1 Canada 100.00 2017
1 Cyprus 100.00 2017
1 Algeria 100.00 2017
1 Finland 100.00 2017
1 United Kingdom 100.00 2017
1 Iraq 100.00 2017
1 United Arab Emirates 100.00 2017
1 Seychelles 100.00 2017
1 Armenia 100.00 2017
1 Azerbaijan 100.00 2017
1 Belgium 100.00 2017
1 Tunisia 100.00 2017
1 Brunei 100.00 2017
1 Germany 100.00 2017
1 Greenland 100.00 2017
1 Netherlands 100.00 2017
1 Norway 100.00 2017
1 Oman 100.00 2017
1 Macao SAR, China 100.00 2017
1 Portugal 100.00 2017
1 Chile 100.00 2017
1 Hungary 100.00 2017
1 Iran 100.00 2017
1 Moldova 100.00 2017
1 New Caledonia 100.00 2017
1 St. Vincent and the Grenadines 100.00 2017
1 Turkey 100.00 2017
1 Venezuela 100.00 2017
1 Estonia 100.00 2017
1 Korea 100.00 2017
1 Kuwait 100.00 2017
1 Russia 100.00 2017
1 Tuvalu 100.00 2017
1 Argentina 100.00 2017
1 Belarus 100.00 2017
1 Ecuador 100.00 2017
1 Croatia 100.00 2017
1 Malta 100.00 2017
1 Trinidad and Tobago 100.00 2017
106 Costa Rica 99.60 2017
107 Colombia 99.60 2017
108 Nauru 99.55 2017
109 Jamaica 99.51 2017
110 El Salvador 99.49 2017
111 Tajikistan 99.30 2017
111 Paraguay 99.30 2017
113 St. Lucia 98.76 2017
114 Kiribati 98.61 2017
115 Belize 98.27 2017
116 Indonesia 98.14 2017
117 Mauritius 98.03 2017
118 Tonga 97.97 2017
119 Afghanistan 97.70 2017
119 Bhutan 97.70 2017
121 Sri Lanka 97.54 2017
122 Samoa 96.80 2017
123 Suriname 96.78 2017
124 Peru 96.36 2017
125 Fiji 96.00 2017
126 Nepal 95.51 2017
127 Grenada 94.70 2017
128 Lao PDR 93.60 2017
129 Guatemala 93.29 2017
130 Philippines 93.00 2017
131 Cabo Verde 92.91 2017
132 India 92.62 2017
133 Gabon 92.19 2017
134 Bolivia 91.80 2017
135 Guyana 90.86 2017
136 Syrian Arab Republic 89.64 2017
137 Cambodia 89.07 2017
138 Bangladesh 88.00 2017
139 Nicaragua 86.77 2017
140 Honduras 86.50 2017
141 Mongolia 85.87 2017
142 South Africa 84.40 2017
143 Timor-Leste 80.38 2017
144 Comoros 79.93 2017
145 Yemen 79.20 2017
146 Ghana 79.00 2017
147 Eswatini 73.53 2017
148 São Tomé and Principe 72.51 2017
149 Pakistan 70.79 2017
150 Libya 70.15 2017
151 Myanmar 69.81 2017
152 Equatorial Guinea 67.18 2017
153 Congo 66.21 2017
154 Côte d'Ivoire 65.64 2017
155 Kenya 63.81 2017
156 Solomon Islands 62.90 2017
157 Botswana 62.82 2017
158 Vanuatu 62.78 2017
159 Senegal 61.70 2017
160 Cameroon 61.40 2017
161 Djibouti 60.20 2017
162 Sudan 56.45 2017
163 The Gambia 56.20 2017
164 Papua New Guinea 54.43 2017
165 Nigeria 54.40 2017
166 Namibia 52.50 2017
167 Eritrea 48.42 2017
168 Togo 48.00 2017
169 Ethiopia 44.30 2017
170 Dem. People's Rep. Korea 43.87 2017
171 Haiti 43.75 2017
172 Mali 43.09 2017
173 Benin 43.08 2017
174 Mauritania 42.91 2017
175 Angola 41.89 2017
176 Zimbabwe 40.42 2017
177 Zambia 40.30 2017
178 Guinea 35.44 2017
179 Rwanda 34.10 2017
180 Lesotho 33.73 2017
181 Somalia 32.95 2017
182 Tanzania 32.81 2017
183 Central African Republic 29.98 2017
184 Mozambique 27.43 2017
185 Guinea-Bissau 26.05 2017
186 Burkina Faso 25.47 2017
187 Madagascar 24.08 2017
188 Sierra Leone 23.40 2017
189 Uganda 22.00 2017
190 Liberia 21.49 2017
191 Niger 20.04 2017
192 Dem. Rep. Congo 19.09 2017
193 Malawi 12.70 2017
194 Chad 10.88 2017
195 Burundi 9.30 2017

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Development Relevance: Maintaining reliable and secure electricity services while seeking to rapidly decarbonize power systems is a key challenge for countries throughout the world. More and more countries are becoming increasing dependent on reliable and secure electricity supplies to underpin economic growth and community prosperity. This reliance is set to grow as more efficient and less carbon intensive forms of power are developed and deployed to help decarbonize economies. Energy is necessary for creating the conditions for economic growth. It is impossible to operate a factory, run a shop, grow crops or deliver goods to consumers without using some form of energy. Access to electricity is particularly crucial to human development as electricity is, in practice, indispensable for certain basic activities, such as lighting, refrigeration and the running of household appliances, and cannot easily be replaced by other forms of energy. Individuals' access to electricity is one of the most clear and un-distorted indication of a country's energy poverty status. Electricity access is increasingly at the forefront of governments' preoccupations, especially in the developing countries. As a consequence, a lot of rural electrification programs and national electrification agencies have been created in these countries to monitor more accurately the needs and the status of rural development and electrification. Use of energy is important in improving people's standard of living. But electricity generation also can damage the environment. Whether such damage occurs depends largely on how electricity is generated. For example, burning coal releases twice as much carbon dioxide - a major contributor to global warming - as does burning an equivalent amount of natural gas.

Statistical Concept and Methodology: Data for access to electricity are collected among different sources: mostly data from nationally representative household surveys (including national censuses) were used. Survey sources include Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) and Living Standards Measurement Surveys (LSMS), Multi-Indicator Cluster Surveys (MICS), the World Health Survey (WHS), other nationally developed and implemented surveys, and various government agencies (for example, ministries of energy and utilities). Given the low frequency and the regional distribution of some surveys, a number of countries have gaps in available data. To develop the historical evolution and starting point of electrification rates, a simple modeling approach was adopted to fill in the missing data points - around 1990, around 2000, and around 2010. Therefore, a country can have a continuum of zero to three data points. There are 42 countries with zero data point and the weighted regional average was used as an estimate for electrification in each of the data periods. 170 countries have between one and three data points and missing data are estimated by using a model with region, country, and time variables. The model keeps the original observation if data is available for any of the time periods. This modeling approach allowed the estimation of electrification rates for 212 countries over these three time periods (Indicated as "Estimate"). Notation "Assumption" refers to the assumption of universal access in countries classified as developed by the United Nations. Data begins from the year in which the first survey data is available for each country.

Aggregation method: Weighted average

Periodicity: Annual