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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.

Description: The map displayed here shows how Literacy varies by country. The shade of the country corresponds to the magnitude of the indicator. The darker the shade, the higher the value.

Source: CIA World Factbook - Unless otherwise noted, information in this page is accurate as of January 1, 2018

See also: Literacy bar chart

 

CountryLiteracy (%)Year
Andorra1002016
Greenland1002015
Korea, North1002015
Uzbekistan1002015
Latvia1002015
Lithuania1002015
Kazakhstan1002015
Poland1002015
Tajikistan1002015
Cuba1002015
Estonia1002015
Georgia1002015
Azerbaijan1002016
Ukraine1002015
Turkmenistan1002015
Armenia1002015
Belarus1002015
Russia1002015
Slovenia1002015
Kyrgyzstan1002015
Moldova992015
Tonga992015
Croatia992015
Italy992015
Hungary992015
Czech Republic992011
Antigua and Barbuda992012
Trinidad and Tobago992015
Samoa992015
Cayman Islands992007
Serbia992016
Romania992015
Montenegro992015
Bosnia and Herzegovina992015
Taiwan992014
Uruguay992015
Bulgaria982015
Mongolia982015
Spain982016
Argentina982015
Costa Rica982015
Israel982011
Macedonia982015
Greece982015
Albania982015
Chile982015
Qatar972015
Venezuela972016
Singapore972016
New Caledonia972015
Palau972015
Macau972016
China962015
Philippines962015
Brunei962015
Bahrain962015
Portugal962015
Kuwait962016
Suriname962015
Turkey962015
Jordan952015
Indonesia952016
Equatorial Guinea952015
Paraguay952015
Panama952015
Saudi Arabia952015
Malaysia952015
Mexico952015
Vietnam952015
Malta942015
South Africa942015
Ecuador942016
Colombia942015
Peru942016
Lebanon942015
United Arab Emirates942015
Puerto Rico932015
Oman932015
Thailand932015
Mauritius932015
Sri Lanka932015
Brazil932015
Bolivia932015
Dominican Republic922015
Seychelles922012
Libya912015
Honduras892015
Jamaica892015
Guyana892015
Botswana892015
El Salvador882015
Swaziland882015
Cape Verde872015
Iran872015
Zimbabwe872015
Syria862015
Burundi862015
Vanuatu852015
Solomon Islands842009
Gabon832015
Nicaragua832015
Namibia822015
Tunisia822015
Guatemala822015
Algeria802015
Laos802015
Iraq802015
Lesotho792015
Congo, Republic of the792015
Uganda782015
Kenya782015
Tanzania782015
Comoros782015
Cambodia772015
Congo, Democratic Republic of the772016
Ghana772015
Sudan762015
Burma762016
Cameroon752015
Sao Tome and Principe752015
Eritrea742015
Egypt742015
Bangladesh732016
India712015
Angola712015
Rwanda712015
Yemen702015
Morocco692015
East Timor682015
Bhutan652015
Madagascar652015
Papua New Guinea642015
Nepal642015
Togo642015
Zambia632015
Malawi622015
Haiti612015
Guinea-Bissau602015
Nigeria602015
Mozambique592015
Pakistan582015
Senegal582015
Gambia, The562015
Mauritania522015
Ethiopia492015
Sierra Leone482015
Liberia482015
Cote d'Ivoire432015
Benin382015
Afghanistan382015
Central African Republic372015
Burkina Faso362015
Mali332015
Guinea302015
Chad222016
Niger192015