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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, 2019

See also: Literacy bar chart

 

CountryLiteracy (%)Year
Equatorial Guinea952015
South Africa942015
Mauritius932016
Seychelles922012
Libya912015
Botswana892015
Swaziland882015
Cape Verde872015
Zimbabwe872015
Burundi862015
Gabon832015
Namibia822015
Tunisia822015
Egypt812017
Algeria802015
Lesotho792015
Congo, Republic of the792015
Uganda782015
Kenya782015
Tanzania782015
Comoros782015
Congo, Democratic Republic of the772016
Ghana772015
Sudan762015
Cameroon752015
Sao Tome and Principe752015
Eritrea742015
Angola712015
Rwanda712015
Morocco692015
Madagascar652015
Togo642015
Zambia632015
Malawi622015
Guinea-Bissau602015
Nigeria602015
Mozambique562015
Gambia, The562015
Mauritania522015
Senegal522017
Ethiopia492015
Sierra Leone482015
Liberia482015
Cote d'Ivoire432015
Benin382015
Central African Republic372015
Burkina Faso362015
Mali332015
Guinea302015
Chad222016
Niger192015