Educational attainment, at least completed primary, population 25+ years, female (%) (cumulative) - Country Ranking

Definition: The percentage of population ages 25 and over that attained or completed primary education.

Source: UNESCO Institute for Statistics (http://uis.unesco.org/)

See also: Thematic map, Time series comparison

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Rank Country Value Year
1 Switzerland 100.00 2009
1 Sweden 100.00 2017
1 Uzbekistan 100.00 2016
1 Latvia 100.00 2015
1 Germany 100.00 2018
1 Greenland 100.00 2015
1 Denmark 100.00 2008
1 United Kingdom 100.00 2017
9 Czech Republic 99.99 2017
10 Kazakhstan 99.93 2009
11 Slovak Republic 99.84 2017
12 Belize 99.79 2010
13 Slovenia 99.78 2017
14 Norway 99.61 2017
15 Australia 99.59 2018
16 Japan 99.54 2010
17 Hungary 99.54 2016
18 Moldova 99.38 2018
19 Jamaica 99.35 2011
20 Armenia 99.23 2017
21 Georgia 99.22 2017
22 Russia 99.21 2010
23 Samoa 99.13 2011
24 Estonia 99.12 2000
25 United States 98.99 2018
26 Cayman Islands 98.98 2015
27 Poland 98.90 2016
28 Lithuania 98.86 2017
29 Malta 98.67 2018
30 Belarus 98.62 2009
31 Palau 98.45 2013
32 Romania 98.45 2017
33 Netherlands 98.34 2018
34 Azerbaijan 97.84 2017
35 France 97.38 2017
36 Kyrgyz Republic 97.26 2009
37 Serbia 96.45 2017
38 Bulgaria 96.13 2001
39 Andorra 96.12 2016
40 Tonga 96.09 2011
41 Liechtenstein 96.04 2000
42 Tajikistan 96.02 2000
43 Ukraine 95.99 2001
44 Montenegro 95.97 2011
45 Mongolia 95.58 2010
46 San Marino 95.57 2018
47 Croatia 95.44 2011
48 Belgium 95.34 2017
49 The Bahamas 95.28 2010
50 Turkmenistan 95.11 1995
51 Canada 94.95 1991
52 Luxembourg 94.86 2007
53 Israel 94.34 2015
54 Seychelles 94.28 2002
55 Albania 94.26 2012
56 Cyprus 94.22 2018
57 Hong Kong SAR, China 93.91 2017
58 Italy 93.73 2015
59 Venezuela 93.38 2016
60 Trinidad and Tobago 93.20 2009
61 Korea 92.82 2015
62 Malaysia 91.88 2016
63 Argentina 91.78 2016
64 Puerto Rico 91.58 2017
65 Uruguay 91.40 2018
66 St. Vincent and the Grenadines 91.25 2017
67 Spain 90.62 2018
68 Dominica 90.45 2001
69 Cuba 90.32 2012
70 Qatar 90.03 2017
71 Greece 89.16 2016
72 Portugal 88.64 2018
73 Suriname 88.14 2012
74 Macao SAR, China 87.80 2016
75 Chile 86.77 2017
76 Barbados 86.39 2000
77 Philippines 85.75 2017
78 United Arab Emirates 85.72 2017
79 Oman 85.35 2015
80 South Africa 84.83 2017
81 Singapore 84.80 2018
82 Turkey 83.64 2017
83 Sri Lanka 83.45 2001
84 Bahrain 83.03 2018
85 Fiji 82.77 2007
86 Panama 82.49 2010
87 Costa Rica 82.13 2018
88 São Tomé and Principe 82.05 2012
89 Bosnia and Herzegovina 82.02 2018
90 Mexico 81.84 2018
91 Ecuador 81.27 2017
92 Brazil 80.83 2018
93 Jordan 79.65 2010
94 Colombia 79.37 2018
95 Zimbabwe 79.00 2017
96 Peru 76.79 2018
97 Saudi Arabia 75.47 2017
98 Indonesia 74.92 2018
99 Lebanon 74.73 2007
100 Paraguay 74.56 2018
101 Iraq 74.44 2013
102 North Macedonia 72.01 2002
103 Dominican Republic 72.00 2016
104 Guyana 67.86 2002
105 Tunisia 65.81 2016
106 Kuwait 65.78 2018
107 Bolivia 65.59 2015
108 Mauritius 63.35 2011
109 Vietnam 62.89 1979
110 Thailand 62.10 2016
111 Guatemala 61.34 2014
112 Honduras 60.16 2018
113 Tanzania 58.98 2012
114 Syrian Arab Republic 58.36 2009
115 Ghana 57.01 2010
116 Algeria 55.19 2008
117 El Salvador 54.97 2017
118 Bangladesh 54.47 2018
119 Nigeria 52.83 2006
120 Dem. Rep. Congo 49.94 2016
121 Cabo Verde 49.47 2015
122 Namibia 49.46 2001
123 Kenya 47.13 2010
124 Lesotho 47.12 2008
125 Egypt 40.34 2006
126 India 40.33 2011
127 Eswatini 38.54 1986
128 China 37.73 1982
129 Pakistan 37.68 2017
130 Mozambique 36.06 2017
131 Angola 32.90 2014
132 Rwanda 31.83 2018
133 Côte d'Ivoire 27.82 2014
134 Nepal 27.60 2011
135 Bhutan 26.75 2017
136 Cameroon 26.41 2010
137 Uganda 23.95 2012
138 Vanuatu 22.80 1979
139 Togo 17.81 2011
140 Congo 17.75 1984
141 Cambodia 15.31 2015
142 Ethiopia 14.21 2011
143 Libya 14.10 1984
144 Senegal 13.10 2017
145 Malawi 11.15 1998
146 Mali 10.45 2018
147 Guinea 9.12 2014
148 Niger 8.90 2012
149 Burundi 7.90 2014
150 Haiti 6.34 1982
151 Chad 6.16 2009
152 Liberia 4.54 1974
153 Botswana 3.55 1971
154 Central African Republic 2.91 1975
155 Morocco 2.80 1971
156 Burkina Faso 2.56 2007
157 The Gambia 2.40 1973
158 Afghanistan 0.94 1979

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Development Relevance: A relative high concentration of the adult population in a given level of education reflects the capacity of the educational system in the corresponding level of education. Educational attainment is closely related to the skills and competencies of a country's population, and could be seen as a proxy of both the quantitative and qualitative aspects of the stock of human capital.

Limitations and Exceptions: Caution is required when using this indicator for cross-country comparison, since the countries do not always classify degrees and qualifications at the same International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED) levels, even if they are received at roughly the same age or after a similar number of years of schooling. Also, certain educational programmes and study courses cannot be easily classified according to ISCED. This indicator only measures educational attainment in terms of level of education attained, i.e. years of schooling, and do not necessarily reveal the quality of the education (learning achievement and other impacts).

Statistical Concept and Methodology: It is calculated by dividing the number of population ages 25 and older who attained or completed primary education by the total population of the same age group and multiplying by 100. The number 0 means zero or small enough that the number would round to zero. Data are collected by the UNESCO Institute for Statistics mainly from national population census, household survey, and labour force survey. All the data are mapped to the International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED) to ensure the comparability of education programs at the international level. The current version was formally adopted by UNESCO Member States in 2011.

Periodicity: Annual