Educational attainment, at least completed primary, population 25+ years, male (%) (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 Latvia 100.00 2015
1 Sweden 100.00 2017
1 Uzbekistan 100.00 2016
1 United Kingdom 100.00 2017
1 Denmark 100.00 2008
1 Germany 100.00 2018
1 Greenland 100.00 2015
1 Switzerland 100.00 2009
9 Kazakhstan 99.96 2009
10 Czech Republic 99.90 2017
11 Belize 99.80 2010
12 Slovenia 99.78 2017
13 Norway 99.76 2017
14 Australia 99.75 2018
15 Slovak Republic 99.73 2017
16 Hungary 99.60 2016
17 Russia 99.56 2010
18 Belarus 99.55 2009
19 Poland 99.53 2016
20 Armenia 99.52 2017
21 Moldova 99.52 2018
22 Japan 99.50 2010
23 Estonia 99.48 2000
24 Georgia 99.41 2017
25 Lithuania 99.35 2017
26 Azerbaijan 99.22 2017
27 Malta 99.19 2018
28 Romania 99.16 2017
29 Jamaica 99.14 2011
30 Montenegro 99.12 2011
31 United States 99.08 2018
32 Cayman Islands 99.08 2015
33 Serbia 99.05 2017
34 Samoa 98.93 2011
35 Palau 98.72 2013
36 Kyrgyz Republic 98.72 2009
37 Netherlands 98.70 2018
38 Croatia 98.70 2011
39 Ukraine 98.69 2001
40 Tajikistan 98.34 2000
41 Korea 98.30 2015
42 Turkmenistan 97.97 1995
43 Bulgaria 97.93 2001
44 Hong Kong SAR, China 97.85 2017
45 France 97.77 2017
46 San Marino 97.73 2018
47 Liechtenstein 97.33 2000
48 Cyprus 97.05 2018
49 Israel 97.02 2015
50 Italy 96.95 2015
51 Andorra 96.91 2016
52 Albania 96.89 2012
53 Belgium 96.43 2017
54 Trinidad and Tobago 96.09 2009
55 Tonga 95.98 2011
56 Malaysia 95.89 2016
57 Turkey 95.48 2017
58 Mongolia 95.41 2010
59 Canada 95.19 1991
60 Luxembourg 95.16 2007
61 Portugal 94.94 2018
62 The Bahamas 94.85 2010
63 São Tomé and Principe 94.26 2012
64 Seychelles 94.06 2002
65 Greece 93.96 2016
66 Bosnia and Herzegovina 93.64 2018
67 Spain 93.31 2018
68 Suriname 92.81 2012
69 Argentina 92.10 2016
70 Cuba 92.10 2012
71 Macao SAR, China 92.06 2016
72 Venezuela 92.01 2016
73 St. Vincent and the Grenadines 91.33 2017
74 Singapore 91.30 2018
75 Puerto Rico 91.15 2017
76 Uruguay 90.97 2018
77 United Arab Emirates 90.41 2017
78 Jordan 90.29 2010
79 Bahrain 88.94 2018
80 Chile 88.45 2017
81 Sri Lanka 88.44 2001
82 Dominica 88.43 2001
83 Qatar 87.24 2017
84 Peru 87.23 2018
85 South Africa 86.98 2017
86 Zimbabwe 86.38 2017
87 Barbados 86.35 2000
88 North Macedonia 85.34 2002
89 Saudi Arabia 84.62 2017
90 Ecuador 84.54 2017
91 Mexico 83.80 2018
92 Iraq 83.39 2013
93 Oman 83.31 2015
94 Tunisia 82.99 2016
95 Fiji 82.82 2007
96 Panama 82.78 2010
97 Lebanon 82.53 2007
98 Philippines 82.30 2017
99 Indonesia 82.00 2018
100 Costa Rica 81.79 2018
101 Vietnam 80.86 1979
102 Brazil 79.64 2018
103 Bolivia 79.22 2015
104 Colombia 78.39 2018
105 Dem. Rep. Congo 78.36 2016
106 Paraguay 76.70 2018
107 Syrian Arab Republic 76.14 2009
108 Algeria 73.47 2008
109 Ghana 73.36 2010
110 China 72.38 1982
111 Tanzania 71.22 2012
112 Mauritius 70.83 2011
113 Dominican Republic 70.38 2016
114 Thailand 69.72 2016
115 Guyana 67.12 2002
116 Nigeria 66.04 2006
117 El Salvador 62.98 2017
118 Bangladesh 62.49 2018
119 Guatemala 62.27 2014
120 India 62.23 2011
121 Pakistan 60.43 2017
122 Kuwait 59.80 2018
123 Honduras 58.82 2018
124 Egypt 58.20 2006
125 Mozambique 58.07 2017
126 Angola 56.42 2014
127 Nepal 56.06 2011
128 Cabo Verde 54.61 2015
129 Kenya 54.51 2010
130 Namibia 50.70 2001
131 Cameroon 47.00 2010
132 Togo 46.95 2011
133 Côte d'Ivoire 42.39 2014
134 Uganda 42.35 2012
135 Rwanda 40.85 2018
136 Congo 40.12 1984
137 Bhutan 37.29 2017
138 Ethiopia 37.28 2011
139 Libya 36.15 1984
140 Lesotho 34.03 2008
141 Vanuatu 33.31 1979
142 Cambodia 31.96 2015
143 Senegal 31.57 2017
144 Eswatini 29.58 1986
145 Malawi 28.76 1998
146 Guinea 24.83 2014
147 Chad 21.53 2009
148 Mali 21.19 2018
149 Niger 20.48 2012
150 Central African Republic 18.62 1975
151 Liberia 15.79 1974
152 Burundi 14.39 2014
153 Haiti 9.39 1982
154 Morocco 8.56 1971
155 Burkina Faso 8.03 2007
156 Afghanistan 7.91 1979
157 Botswana 7.31 1971
158 The Gambia 6.01 1973

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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