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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, 2020

See also: Literacy bar chart

 

CountryLiteracy (%)Year
Seychelles962018
Equatorial Guinea952015
Sao Tome and Principe932018
Namibia922018
Mauritius912018
Libya912015
Botswana892015
Swaziland882015
South Africa872017
Cape Verde872015
Zambia872018
Zimbabwe872015
Gabon852018
Tunisia822015
Kenya822018
Algeria812018
Congo, Republic of the802018
Lesotho792015
Tanzania782015
Cameroon772018
Congo, Democratic Republic of the772016
Eritrea772018
Ghana772015
Uganda772018
Madagascar752018
Morocco742018
Rwanda732018
Egypt712017
Angola712015
Burundi682017
Togo642015
Malawi622015
Nigeria622018
Mozambique612017
Sudan612018
Guinea-Bissau602015
Comoros592018
Mauritania542017
Senegal522017
Ethiopia522017
Gambia, The512015
Liberia482017
Sierra Leone432018
Benin422018
Burkina Faso412018
Central African Republic372018
Mali362018
Guinea302015
Chad222016
Niger192015