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Education > Adult literacy rate > Total: Countries Compared

DEFINITION: Adult literacy rate is the percentage of people ages 15 and above who can, with understanding, read and write a short, simple statement on their everyday life.".

CONTENTS

# COUNTRY AMOUNT DATE GRAPH HISTORY
=1 Estonia 99.8 2008
=1 Cuba 99.8 2008
=1 Latvia 99.8 2008
=4 Tajikistan 99.7 2008
=4 Georgia 99.7 2008
=4 Lithuania 99.7 2008
=4 Slovenia 99.7 2008
=4 Ukraine 99.7 2008
=4 Belarus 99.7 2008
=4 Kazakhstan 99.7 2008
Former Soviet republics average (profile) 99.51 2008
=11 Turkmenistan 99.5 2008
=11 Azerbaijan 99.5 2007
=11 Armenia 99.5 2008
=11 Russia 99.5 2008
=11 Poland 99.5 2008
16 Kyrgyzstan 99.3 2008
17 Uzbekistan 99.2 2008
18 Tonga 99.02 2006
=19 Hungary 99 2008
=19 Albania 99 2008
21 Antigua and Barbuda 98.95 2008
22 Cayman Islands 98.87 2007
23 Italy 98.8 2008
=24 Trinidad and Tobago 98.7 2008
=24 Samoa 98.7 2008
=24 Croatia 98.7 2008
27 Chile 98.65 2008
28 Maldives 98.4 2006
=29 Moldova 98.3 2008
=29 Bulgaria 98.3 2008
31 Uruguay 98.16 2008
32 Aruba 98.1 2008
33 Cyprus 97.8 2008
34 Argentina 97.7 2008
35 Spain 97.63 2008
=36 Bosnia and Herzegovina 97.6 2008
=36 Romania 97.6 2008
38 Mongolia 97.3 2008
39 Greece 97 2008
40 Guam 96.42 1980
=41 Netherlands Antilles 96.3 2008
=41 New Caledonia 96.3 2008
43 Costa Rica 96 2008
44 Venezuela 95.15 2007
45 Brunei 95 2008
46 Portugal 94.6 2008
47 Paraguay 94.56 2007
48 Singapore 94.5 2008
49 Kuwait 94.46 2007
50 China 93.7 2008
51 Philippines 93.6 2008
52 Thailand 93.51 2005
53 Panama 93.5 2008
54 Colombia 93.38 2008
55 Qatar 93.08 2007
56 Equatorial Guinea 93 2008
57 Mexico 92.93 2008
58 Vietnam 92.5 2008
59 Malta 92.36 2005
60 Jordan 92.2 2007
61 Malaysia 92.1 2008
62 Indonesia 91.98 2006
63 Palau 91.92 1980
64 Burma 91.9 2008
65 Seychelles 91.84 2008
66 Israel 91.75 1983
67 Zimbabwe 91.4 2008
68 Bahrain 90.8 2008
69 Bolivia 90.74 2007
70 Suriname 90.7 2008
71 Sri Lanka 90.56 2008
72 Puerto Rico 90.1 2008
73 United Arab Emirates 90.03 2005
74 Brazil 90.01 2007
75 Lebanon 89.61 2007
76 Peru 89.59 2007
77 Lesotho 89.5 2008
78 South Africa 89 2008
79 Turkey 88.66 2007
80 Libya 88.4 2008
81 Sao Tome and Principe 88.3 2008
82 Dominican Republic 88.24 2007
83 Namibia 88.2 2008
84 Mauritius 87.5 2008
85 Gabon 87 2008
86 Oman 86.65 2008
=87 Swaziland 86.5 2008
=87 Kenya 86.5 2008
89 Jamaica 85.9 2008
90 Saudi Arabia 85.5 2008
91 Ecuador 84.19 2007
92 Cape Verde 84.1 2008
93 El Salvador 83.95 2008
94 Syria 83.6 2008
95 Honduras 83.59 2007
96 Botswana 83.3 2008
97 Vanuatu 81.3 2008
=98 Nicaragua 78 2005
=98 Tunisia 78 2008
100 Iraq 77.6 2008
101 Cambodia 77.59 2008
102 Solomon Islands 76.6 1999
103 Cameroon 75.9 2008
104 Uganda 74.6 2008
105 Guatemala 73.8 2008
106 Comoros 73.6 2008
107 Malawi 72.8 2008
108 Laos 72.7 2005
109 Algeria 72.65 2006
110 Tanzania 72.6 2008
111 Zambia 70.7 2008
112 Madagascar 70.68 2008
=113 Rwanda 70.3 2008
=113 Belize 70.3 1991
115 Angola 69.6 2008
116 Sudan 69.3 2008
Sub-Saharan Africa average (profile) 68.69 2008
117 Democratic Republic of the Congo 66.6 2008
118 Burundi 65.9 2008
119 Ghana 65.8 2008
120 Eritrea 65.3 2008
121 Togo 64.9 2008
122 India 62.75 2006
123 Nigeria 60.1 2008
124 Papua New Guinea 59.6 2008
125 Liberia 58.1 2008
126 Nepal 57.9 2008
127 Mauritania 56.8 2008
128 Morocco 56.4 2008
129 Bangladesh 55 2008
=130 Central African Republic 54.6 2008
=130 Cote d'Ivoire 54.6 2008
132 Mozambique 54 2008
133 Pakistan 53.7 2008
134 Bhutan 52.81 2005
135 Guinea-Bissau 51 2008
136 The Gambia 45.3 2008
137 Senegal 41.89 2006
138 Benin 40.8 2008
139 Sierra Leone 39.8 2008
140 Guinea 38 2008
141 Ethiopia 35.9 2008
142 Haiti 34.73 1982
143 Chad 32.7 2008
144 Burkina Faso 28.73 2007
145 Niger 28.67 2005
146 Mali 26.18 2006

Citation

"Countries Compared by Education > Adult literacy rate > Total. International Statistics at NationMaster.com", United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) Institute for Statistics. Aggregates compiled by NationMaster. Retrieved from http://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/stats/Education/Adult-literacy-rate/Total

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Interesting observations about Education > Adult literacy rate > Total

  • Cuba ranked first for adult literacy rate > total amongst Hot countries in 2008.
  • Equatorial Guinea ranked first for adult literacy rate > total amongst Sub-Saharan Africa in 2008.
  • Tajikistan ranked first for adult literacy rate > total amongst Muslim countries in 2008.
  • Estonia ranked first for adult literacy rate > total amongst Emerging markets in 2008.
  • Vietnam ranked first for adult literacy rate > total amongst Former French colonies in 2008.
  • Russia ranked 6th last for adult literacy rate > total amongst Former Soviet republics in 2008.
  • Slovenia ranked second for adult literacy rate > total amongst Christian countries in 2008.
  • Zimbabwe ranked first for adult literacy rate > total amongst Failed states in 2008.
  • Antigua and Barbuda ranked first for adult literacy rate > total amongst Former British colonies in 2008.
  • Belarus ranked first for adult literacy rate > total amongst Landlocked countries in 2008.
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