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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
Uzbekistan1002015
Tajikistan1002015
Turkmenistan1002015
Kyrgyzstan1002015
Israel982011
Qatar972015
Bahrain962015
Kuwait962016
Turkey962015
Jordan952015
Saudi Arabia952015
Lebanon942015
United Arab Emirates942015
Oman932015
Iran872015
Syria862015
Iraq802015
Yemen702015
Pakistan582015
Afghanistan382015