Educational attainment, at least completed primary, population 25+ years, total (%) (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 Latvia 100.00 2015
1 Sweden 100.00 2017
1 Uzbekistan 100.00 2016
1 Germany 100.00 2018
1 Greenland 100.00 2015
1 United Kingdom 100.00 2017
1 Denmark 100.00 2008
9 Kazakhstan 99.95 2009
10 Czech Republic 99.95 2017
11 Belize 99.79 2010
12 Slovak Republic 99.79 2017
13 Slovenia 99.78 2017
14 Norway 99.69 2017
15 Australia 99.67 2018
16 Hungary 99.57 2016
17 Japan 99.52 2010
18 Moldova 99.44 2018
19 Russia 99.36 2010
20 Armenia 99.36 2017
21 Georgia 99.31 2017
22 Estonia 99.28 2000
23 Jamaica 99.25 2011
24 Poland 99.20 2016
25 Lithuania 99.08 2017
26 Belarus 99.04 2009
27 United States 99.03 2018
28 Cayman Islands 99.03 2015
29 Samoa 99.02 2011
30 Malta 98.93 2018
31 Romania 98.79 2017
32 Palau 98.60 2013
33 Netherlands 98.51 2018
34 Azerbaijan 98.50 2017
35 Kyrgyz Republic 97.97 2009
36 Serbia 97.69 2017
37 France 97.57 2017
38 Montenegro 97.49 2011
39 Ukraine 97.18 2001
40 Tajikistan 97.16 2000
41 Bulgaria 96.99 2001
42 Croatia 96.97 2011
43 Liechtenstein 96.67 2000
44 San Marino 96.60 2018
45 Andorra 96.52 2016
46 Turkmenistan 96.48 1995
47 Tonga 96.04 2011
48 Belgium 95.87 2017
49 Hong Kong SAR, China 95.66 2017
50 Israel 95.63 2015
51 Cyprus 95.58 2018
52 Albania 95.51 2012
53 Korea 95.51 2015
54 Mongolia 95.49 2010
55 Italy 95.27 2015
56 The Bahamas 95.08 2010
57 Canada 95.06 1991
58 Luxembourg 95.01 2007
59 Trinidad and Tobago 94.63 2009
60 Seychelles 94.17 2002
61 Malaysia 93.94 2016
62 Venezuela 92.71 2016
63 Argentina 91.93 2016
64 Spain 91.92 2018
65 Portugal 91.54 2018
66 Greece 91.48 2016
67 Puerto Rico 91.39 2017
68 St. Vincent and the Grenadines 91.29 2017
69 Uruguay 91.20 2018
70 Cuba 91.19 2012
71 Suriname 90.38 2012
72 Macao SAR, China 89.83 2016
73 Turkey 89.50 2017
74 Dominica 89.44 2001
75 United Arab Emirates 88.43 2017
76 São Tomé and Principe 88.02 2012
77 Singapore 87.91 2018
78 Qatar 87.77 2017
79 Bosnia and Herzegovina 87.61 2018
80 Chile 87.54 2017
81 Bahrain 87.02 2018
82 Barbados 86.37 2000
83 Sri Lanka 85.89 2001
84 South Africa 85.85 2017
85 Jordan 85.15 2010
86 Philippines 84.04 2017
87 Oman 83.89 2015
88 Ecuador 82.84 2017
89 Fiji 82.79 2007
90 Mexico 82.75 2018
91 Panama 82.63 2010
92 Zimbabwe 82.45 2017
93 Costa Rica 81.97 2018
94 Peru 81.95 2018
95 Saudi Arabia 81.09 2017
96 Brazil 80.28 2018
97 Iraq 79.39 2013
98 Colombia 78.90 2018
99 North Macedonia 78.60 2002
100 Lebanon 78.44 2007
101 Indonesia 78.43 2018
102 Paraguay 75.62 2018
103 Tunisia 74.22 2016
104 Bolivia 72.20 2015
105 Vietnam 71.25 1979
106 Dominican Republic 71.22 2016
107 Guyana 67.50 2002
108 Syrian Arab Republic 67.49 2009
109 Mauritius 66.98 2011
110 Thailand 65.74 2016
111 Tanzania 64.79 2012
112 Ghana 64.67 2010
113 Algeria 64.37 2008
114 Dem. Rep. Congo 63.56 2016
115 Guatemala 61.82 2014
116 Kuwait 61.80 2018
117 Honduras 59.55 2018
118 Nigeria 59.53 2006
119 El Salvador 58.55 2017
120 Bangladesh 58.40 2018
121 China 55.53 1982
122 Cabo Verde 51.92 2015
123 India 51.42 2011
124 Kenya 50.99 2010
125 Namibia 50.03 2001
126 Egypt 49.41 2006
127 Pakistan 48.83 2017
128 Mozambique 46.34 2017
129 Angola 44.00 2014
130 Lesotho 40.93 2008
131 Nepal 40.47 2011
132 Cameroon 36.31 2010
133 Rwanda 35.99 2018
134 Côte d'Ivoire 35.37 2014
135 Eswatini 33.61 1986
136 Uganda 32.50 2012
137 Bhutan 32.36 2017
138 Togo 30.43 2011
139 Vanuatu 28.50 1979
140 Congo 28.18 1984
141 Libya 24.90 1984
142 Ethiopia 24.63 2011
143 Cambodia 22.51 2015
144 Senegal 21.92 2017
145 Malawi 19.80 1998
146 Guinea 16.37 2014
147 Mali 15.62 2018
148 Niger 13.87 2012
149 Chad 13.65 2009
150 Burundi 10.93 2014
151 Liberia 10.32 1974
152 Central African Republic 10.12 1975
153 Haiti 7.80 1982
154 Morocco 5.60 1971
155 Botswana 5.20 1971
156 Burkina Faso 5.17 2007
157 Afghanistan 4.48 1979
158 The Gambia 4.29 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