Country Comparison > Literacy

RankCountryLiteracy (%)
1Andorra100
2Greenland100
3Korea, North100
4Uzbekistan100
5Latvia99.9
6Lithuania99.8
7Kazakhstan99.8
8Poland99.8
9Georgia99.8
10Cuba99.8
11Estonia99.8
12Azerbaijan99.8
13Tajikistan99.8
14Ukraine99.8
15Turkmenistan99.7
16Belarus99.7
17Armenia99.7
18Russia99.7
19Slovenia99.7
20Barbados99.6
21Kyrgyzstan99.5
22Moldova99.4
23Tonga99.4
24Maldives99.3
25Croatia99.3
26Italy99.2
27Hungary99.1
28Argentina99.1
29Antigua and Barbuda99
30Czech Republic99
31Trinidad and Tobago99
32Samoa99
33Cayman Islands98.9
34Serbia98.8
35Romania98.8
36Montenegro98.7
37Grenada98.6
38Uruguay98.6
39Taiwan98.5
40Bosnia and Herzegovina98.5
41Bulgaria98.4
42Mongolia98.4
43Marshall Islands98.3
44Spain98.3
45Macedonia97.8
46Israel97.8
47Costa Rica97.8
48Greece97.7
49Albania97.6
50Aruba97.5
51Qatar97.3
52Venezuela97.1
53Singapore97
54New Caledonia96.9
55Chile96.9
56Gaza Strip96.9
57West Bank96.9
58Palau96.6
59Macau96.5
60China96.4
61Philippines96.3
62Turkey96.2
63Oman96.1
64Kuwait96
65Brunei96
66Bahrain95.7
67Portugal95.7
68Suriname95.6
69Jordan95.4
70Indonesia95.4
71Equatorial Guinea95.3
72Panama95
73Mexico94.9
74Paraguay94.7
75Saudi Arabia94.7
76Colombia94.7
77Malaysia94.6
78Vietnam94.5
79Malta94.4
80South Africa94.4
81Ecuador94.4
82Peru94.2
83Lebanon93.9
84Dominican Republic93.8
85United Arab Emirates93.8
86Puerto Rico93.3
87Mauritius93.2
88Thailand92.9
89Bolivia92.5
90Brazil92
91Sri Lanka91.9
92Seychelles91.8
93Libya91
94Honduras89
95Jamaica88.7
96Guyana88.5
97Botswana88.5
98El Salvador88.1
99Swaziland87.5
100Cape Verde86.8
101Zimbabwe86.5
102Syria86.4
103Burundi85.6
104Iran85.5
105Vanuatu85.2
106Laos84.7
107Solomon Islands84.1
108Gabon83.2
109Nicaragua82.8
110Namibia81.9
111Tunisia81.8
112Guatemala81.5
113Egypt80.8
114Cambodia80.5
115Algeria80.2
116Iraq79.7
117Lesotho79.4
118Congo, Republic of the79.3
119Uganda78.4
120Kenya78
121Tanzania77.9
122Comoros77.8
123Congo, Democratic Republic of the77
124Ghana76.6
125Sudan75.9
126Burma75.6
127Cameroon75
128Sao Tome and Principe74.9
129Eritrea73.8
130Bangladesh72.9
131India71.2
132Angola71.1
133Rwanda70.5
134Yemen70.1
135Morocco68.5
136East Timor67.5
137Bhutan64.9
138Madagascar64.7
139Papua New Guinea64.2
140Nepal63.9
141Togo63.7
142Zambia63.4
143Malawi62.1
144Haiti60.7
145Guinea-Bissau59.9
146Nigeria59.6
147Pakistan57.9
148Mozambique56
149Gambia, The55.5
150Mauritania52.1
151Senegal51.9
152Ethiopia49.1
153Sierra Leone48.1
154Liberia47.6
155Cote d'Ivoire43.1
156Benin38.4
157Afghanistan38.2
158Central African Republic36.8
159Burkina Faso36
160Mali33.1
161Guinea30.4
162South Sudan27
163Chad22.3
164Niger19.1

Definition: This entry includes a definition of literacy and Census Bureau percentages for the total population, males, and females. There are no universal definitions and standards of literacy. Unless otherwise specified, all rates are based on the most common definition - the ability to read and write at a specified age. Detailing the standards that individual countries use to assess the ability to read and write is beyond the scope of the Factbook. Information on literacy, while not a perfect measure of educational results, is probably the most easily available and valid for international comparisons. Low levels of literacy, and education in general, can impede the economic development of a country in the current rapidly changing, technology-driven world.

Source: CIA World Factbook - Unless otherwise noted, information in this page is accurate as of January 1, 2019

See also: Literacy map

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