Country Comparison > Literacy

RankCountryLiteracy (%)
1Andorra100
2Greenland100
3Korea, North100
4Uzbekistan100
5Latvia99.9
6Lithuania99.8
7Kazakhstan99.8
8Poland99.8
9Cuba99.8
10Estonia99.8
11Georgia99.8
12Azerbaijan99.8
13Ukraine99.8
14Tajikistan99.8
15Turkmenistan99.7
16Belarus99.7
17Armenia99.7
18Russia99.7
19Slovenia99.7
20Kyrgyzstan99.5
21Moldova99.4
22Tonga99.4
23Maldives99.3
24Croatia99.3
25Italy99.2
26Hungary99.1
27Antigua and Barbuda99
28Trinidad and Tobago99
29Samoa99
30Cayman Islands98.9
31Romania98.8
32Serbia98.8
33Montenegro98.7
34Bosnia and Herzegovina98.5
35Uruguay98.5
36Taiwan98.5
37Bulgaria98.4
38Mongolia98.4
39Marshall Islands98.3
40Spain98.3
41Argentina98.1
42Costa Rica97.8
43Macedonia97.8
44Israel97.8
45Greece97.7
46Albania97.6
47Aruba97.5
48Chile97.5
49Qatar97.3
50Venezuela97.1
51Singapore97
52New Caledonia96.9
53Gaza Strip96.9
54West Bank96.9
55Palau96.6
56Macau96.5
57China96.4
58Philippines96.3
59Brunei96
60Bahrain95.7
61Portugal95.7
62Kuwait95.7
63Suriname95.6
64Turkey95.6
65Jordan95.4
66Indonesia95.4
67Equatorial Guinea95.3
68Paraguay95.1
69Panama95
70Saudi Arabia94.7
71Malaysia94.6
72Mexico94.5
73Vietnam94.5
74Malta94.4
75South Africa94.4
76Ecuador94.4
77Colombia94.2
78Peru94.2
79Lebanon93.9
80United Arab Emirates93.8
81Puerto Rico93.3
82Oman93
83Thailand92.9
84Mauritius92.7
85Brazil92.6
86Sri Lanka92.6
87Bolivia92.5
88Dominican Republic91.8
89Seychelles91.8
90Libya91
91Honduras89
92Jamaica88.7
93Guyana88.5
94Botswana88.5
95El Salvador88
96Swaziland87.5
97Cape Verde86.8
98Iran86.8
99Zimbabwe86.5
100Syria86.4
101Burundi85.6
102Vanuatu85.2
103Solomon Islands84.1
104Gabon83.2
105Nicaragua82.8
106Namibia81.9
107Tunisia81.8
108Guatemala81.5
109Algeria80.2
110Laos79.9
111Iraq79.7
112Lesotho79.4
113Congo, Republic of the79.3
114Uganda78.4
115Kenya78
116Tanzania77.9
117Comoros77.8
118Cambodia77.2
119Congo, Democratic Republic of the77
120Ghana76.6
121Sudan75.9
122Burma75.6
123Cameroon75
124Sao Tome and Principe74.9
125Eritrea73.8
126Egypt73.8
127Bangladesh72.8
128India71.2
129Angola71.1
130Rwanda70.5
131Yemen70.1
132Morocco68.5
133East Timor67.5
134Bhutan64.9
135Madagascar64.7
136Papua New Guinea64.2
137Nepal63.9
138Togo63.7
139Zambia63.4
140Malawi62.1
141Haiti60.7
142Guinea-Bissau59.9
143Nigeria59.6
144Mozambique58.8
145Pakistan57.9
146Senegal57.7
147Gambia, The55.5
148Mauritania52.1
149Ethiopia49.1
150Sierra Leone48.1
151Liberia47.6
152Cote d'Ivoire43.1
153Benin38.4
154Afghanistan38.2
155Central African Republic36.8
156Burkina Faso36
157Mali33.1
158Guinea30.4
159South Sudan27
160Chad22.3
161Niger19.1

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, 2018

See also: Literacy map

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