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
20Kyrgyzstan99.5
21Moldova99.4
22Tonga99.4
23Maldives99.3
24Croatia99.3
25Italy99.2
26Hungary99.1
27Czech Republic99
28Antigua and Barbuda99
29Trinidad and Tobago99
30Samoa99
31Cayman Islands98.9
32Romania98.8
33Serbia98.8
34Montenegro98.7
35Bosnia and Herzegovina98.5
36Uruguay98.5
37Taiwan98.5
38Bulgaria98.4
39Mongolia98.4
40Marshall Islands98.3
41Spain98.3
42Argentina98.1
43Costa Rica97.8
44Israel97.8
45Macedonia97.8
46Greece97.7
47Albania97.6
48Aruba97.5
49Chile97.5
50Qatar97.3
51Venezuela97.1
52Singapore97
53New Caledonia96.9
54Gaza Strip96.9
55West Bank96.9
56Palau96.6
57Macau96.5
58China96.4
59Philippines96.3
60Brunei96
61Bahrain95.7
62Portugal95.7
63Kuwait95.7
64Suriname95.6
65Turkey95.6
66Jordan95.4
67Indonesia95.4
68Equatorial Guinea95.3
69Paraguay95.1
70Panama95
71Saudi Arabia94.7
72Malaysia94.6
73Mexico94.5
74Vietnam94.5
75Malta94.4
76South Africa94.4
77Ecuador94.4
78Colombia94.2
79Peru94.2
80Lebanon93.9
81United Arab Emirates93.8
82Puerto Rico93.3
83Oman93
84Thailand92.9
85Mauritius92.7
86Brazil92.6
87Sri Lanka92.6
88Bolivia92.5
89Dominican Republic91.8
90Seychelles91.8
91Libya91
92Honduras89
93Jamaica88.7
94Guyana88.5
95Botswana88.5
96El Salvador88
97Swaziland87.5
98Cape Verde86.8
99Iran86.8
100Zimbabwe86.5
101Syria86.4
102Burundi85.6
103Vanuatu85.2
104Solomon Islands84.1
105Gabon83.2
106Nicaragua82.8
107Namibia81.9
108Tunisia81.8
109Guatemala81.5
110Algeria80.2
111Laos79.9
112Iraq79.7
113Lesotho79.4
114Congo, Republic of the79.3
115Uganda78.4
116Kenya78
117Tanzania77.9
118Comoros77.8
119Cambodia77.2
120Congo, Democratic Republic of the77
121Ghana76.6
122Sudan75.9
123Burma75.6
124Cameroon75
125Sao Tome and Principe74.9
126Eritrea73.8
127Egypt73.8
128Bangladesh72.8
129India71.2
130Angola71.1
131Rwanda70.5
132Yemen70.1
133Morocco68.5
134East Timor67.5
135Bhutan64.9
136Madagascar64.7
137Papua New Guinea64.2
138Nepal63.9
139Togo63.7
140Zambia63.4
141Malawi62.1
142Haiti60.7
143Guinea-Bissau59.9
144Nigeria59.6
145Mozambique58.8
146Pakistan57.9
147Senegal57.7
148Gambia, The55.5
149Mauritania52.1
150Ethiopia49.1
151Sierra Leone48.1
152Liberia47.6
153Cote d'Ivoire43.1
154Benin38.4
155Afghanistan38.2
156Central African Republic36.8
157Burkina Faso36
158Mali33.1
159Guinea30.4
160South Sudan27
161Chad22.3
162Niger19.1

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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