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 Cuba 100.00 2014
1 Georgia 100.00 2014
1 Macedonia 100.00 2014
1 New Zealand 100.00 2014
1 Poland 100.00 2014
1 Saudi Arabia 100.00 2014
1 Bosnia and Herzegovina 100.00 2014
1 Switzerland 100.00 2014
1 Slovenia 100.00 2014
1 Fiji 100.00 2014
1 Israel 100.00 2014
1 Italy 100.00 2014
1 United States 100.00 2014
1 Andorra 100.00 2014
1 Monaco 100.00 2014
1 Albania 100.00 2014
1 Austria 100.00 2014
1 Cayman Islands 100.00 2014
1 Kazakhstan 100.00 2014
1 Luxembourg 100.00 2014
1 Malaysia 100.00 2014
1 Jordan 100.00 2014
1 Lebanon 100.00 2014
1 Lithuania 100.00 2014
1 Puerto Rico 100.00 2014
1 Serbia 100.00 2014
1 Bhutan 100.00 2014
1 Dominica 100.00 2014
1 France 100.00 2014
1 Ireland 100.00 2014
1 Iceland 100.00 2014
1 St. Kitts and Nevis 100.00 2014
1 Latvia 100.00 2014
1 Montenegro 100.00 2014
1 Sweden 100.00 2014
1 Uzbekistan 100.00 2014
1 Argentina 100.00 2014
1 Belarus 100.00 2014
1 Croatia 100.00 2014
1 Malta 100.00 2014
1 Trinidad and Tobago 100.00 2014
1 Canada 100.00 2014
1 Cyprus 100.00 2014
1 Algeria 100.00 2014
1 Finland 100.00 2014
1 United Kingdom 100.00 2014
1 United Arab Emirates 100.00 2014
1 Bulgaria 100.00 2014
1 Greece 100.00 2014
1 Australia 100.00 2014
1 The Bahamas 100.00 2014
1 Barbados 100.00 2014
1 Spain 100.00 2014
1 Japan 100.00 2014
1 Romania 100.00 2014
1 Thailand 100.00 2014
1 Turkmenistan 100.00 2014
1 Qatar 100.00 2014
1 Singapore 100.00 2014
1 China 100.00 2014
1 Denmark 100.00 2014
1 Hong Kong SAR, China 100.00 2014
1 Slovak Republic 100.00 2014
1 Ukraine 100.00 2014
1 Armenia 100.00 2014
1 Azerbaijan 100.00 2014
1 Belgium 100.00 2014
1 Brunei 100.00 2014
1 Germany 100.00 2014
1 Greenland 100.00 2014
1 Netherlands 100.00 2014
1 Norway 100.00 2014
1 Oman 100.00 2014
1 Macao SAR, China 100.00 2014
1 Portugal 100.00 2014
1 Chile 100.00 2014
1 Hungary 100.00 2014
1 Moldova 100.00 2014
1 New Caledonia 100.00 2014
1 Suriname 100.00 2014
1 Turkey 100.00 2014
1 Estonia 100.00 2014
1 Korea 100.00 2014
1 Kuwait 100.00 2014
1 Russia 100.00 2014
1 Bahrain 100.00 2014
1 Czech Republic 100.00 2014
1 Liechtenstein 100.00 2014
1 San Marino 100.00 2014
90 Tajikistan 99.99 2014
91 Palau 99.81 2014
92 Tunisia 99.80 2014
92 Kyrgyz Republic 99.80 2014
92 Egypt 99.80 2014
95 Uruguay 99.66 2014
96 Brazil 99.65 2014
97 Seychelles 99.54 2014
98 Iran 99.44 2014
99 Costa Rica 99.36 2014
100 Nauru 99.21 2014
101 Vietnam 99.20 2014
102 Mexico 99.17 2014
103 Mauritius 99.17 2014
104 Venezuela 99.11 2014
105 St. Vincent and the Grenadines 99.02 2014
106 Paraguay 99.00 2014
107 Ecuador 98.98 2014
108 Iraq 98.79 2014
109 Tuvalu 98.53 2014
110 Dominican Republic 98.47 2014
111 Libya 98.45 2014
112 St. Lucia 98.16 2014
113 Samoa 97.90 2014
114 Colombia 97.79 2014
115 Pakistan 97.53 2014
116 Jamaica 97.10 2014
117 Indonesia 97.01 2014
118 Antigua and Barbuda 96.44 2014
119 Syrian Arab Republic 95.84 2014
120 Tonga 95.25 2014
121 El Salvador 95.13 2014
122 Peru 92.92 2014
123 Belize 92.45 2014
124 Sri Lanka 92.19 2014
125 Morocco 91.60 2014
126 Panama 91.60 2014
127 Grenada 90.81 2014
128 Cabo Verde 90.19 2014
129 Bolivia 90.04 2014
130 Afghanistan 89.50 2014
131 Gabon 89.49 2014
132 Philippines 89.13 2014
133 Honduras 88.65 2014
134 Guyana 86.90 2014
135 South Africa 86.00 2014
136 Mongolia 85.57 2014
137 Guatemala 85.49 2014
138 Nepal 84.90 2014
139 Nicaragua 81.85 2014
140 India 79.17 2014
141 Ghana 78.30 2014
142 Lao PDR 78.09 2014
143 Comoros 73.76 2014
144 Yemen 72.04 2014
145 São Tomé and Principe 68.60 2014
146 Equatorial Guinea 67.56 2014
147 Swaziland 65.00 2014
148 Bangladesh 62.40 2014
149 Côte d'Ivoire 61.90 2014
150 Senegal 61.00 2014
151 Nigeria 57.65 2014
152 Cameroon 56.80 2014
153 Botswana 56.48 2014
154 Cambodia 56.10 2014
155 Myanmar 52.00 2014
156 Namibia 49.56 2014
157 Kiribati 48.08 2014
158 The Gambia 47.21 2014
159 Djibouti 46.73 2014
160 Eritrea 45.83 2014
161 Togo 45.70 2014
162 Timor-Leste 45.38 2014
163 Sudan 44.90 2014
164 Congo 43.16 2014
165 Mauritania 38.80 2014
166 Haiti 37.94 2014
167 Kenya 36.00 2014
168 Solomon Islands 35.11 2014
169 Vanuatu 34.47 2014
170 Benin 34.10 2014
171 Dem. People's Rep. Korea 32.37 2014
172 Zimbabwe 32.30 2014
173 Angola 32.00 2014
174 Zambia 27.90 2014
175 Lesotho 27.80 2014
176 Guinea 27.64 2014
177 Mali 27.29 2014
178 Ethiopia 27.20 2014
179 Mozambique 21.22 2014
180 Uganda 20.40 2014
181 Papua New Guinea 20.26 2014
182 Rwanda 19.80 2014
183 Burkina Faso 19.20 2014
184 Somalia 19.06 2014
185 Guinea-Bissau 17.20 2014
186 Madagascar 16.82 2014
187 Tanzania 15.50 2014
188 Niger 14.31 2014
189 Dem. Rep. Congo 13.50 2014
190 Sierra Leone 13.10 2014
191 Central African Republic 12.33 2014
192 Malawi 11.90 2014
193 Liberia 9.14 2014
194 Chad 8.02 2014
195 Burundi 7.00 2014

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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.

Aggregation method: Weighted average

Periodicity: Annual