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Education > Literacy > Literacy rate, adult total > % of people ages 15 and above: Countries Compared

DEFINITION: Literacy rate, adult total (% of people ages 15 and above). Adult (15+) literacy rate (%). Total is the percentage of the population age 15 and above who can, with understanding, read and write a short, simple statement on their everyday life. Generally, u2018literacyu2019 also encompasses u2018numeracyu2019, the ability to make simple arithmetic calculations. This indicator is calculated by dividing the number of literates aged 15 years and over by the corresponding age group population and multiplying the result by 100.

CONTENTS

# COUNTRY AMOUNT DATE GRAPH HISTORY
1 North Korea 100% 2008
2 Cuba 99.83% 2011
3 Estonia 99.8% 2011
4 Latvia 99.78% 2011
5 Azerbaijan 99.76% 2009
6 Georgia 99.73% 2011
7 Kazakhstan 99.73% 2009
8 Poland 99.73% 2011
9 Ukraine 99.72% 2011
10 Tajikistan 99.71% 2011
11 Lithuania 99.7% 2011
12 Slovenia 99.69% 2011
13 Russia 99.68% 2010
14 Belarus 99.62% 2009
15 Turkmenistan 99.61% 2011
16 Armenia 99.57% 2011
17 Uzbekistan 99.43% 2011
18 Kyrgyzstan 99.24% 2009
19 European Union 99.06% 2011
20 Hungary 99.05% 2011
21 Tonga 99.02% 2006
22 Italy 98.98% 2011
23 Moldova 98.97% 2011
24 Antigua and Barbuda 98.95% 2011
25 Croatia 98.88% 2011
26 Cayman Islands 98.87% 2007
27 Trinidad and Tobago 98.83% 2011
28 Samoa 98.83% 2011
29 Cyprus 98.68% 2011
30 Chile 98.55% 2009
31 Montenegro 98.46% 2011
32 Maldives 98.4% 2006
33 Bulgaria 98.35% 2011
34 Uruguay 98.07% 2010
35 Serbia 98.01% 2011
36 Bosnia and Herzegovina 98% 2011
37 Argentina 97.86% 2011
38 Spain 97.75% 2010
39 Romania 97.7% 2011
40 Republic of Macedonia 97.38% 2011
41 Mongolia 97.36% 2011
42 American Samoa 97.34% 1980
43 Greece 97.3% 2011
44 Albania 96.85% 2011
45 Aruba 96.82% 2010
46 New Caledonia 96.62% 2011
47 Guam 96.42% 1980
48 Qatar 96.28% 2010
49 Costa Rica 96.26% 2011
50 Grenada 96% 1970
51 Jordan 95.9% 2011
52 Singapore 95.86% 2010
53 Macau 95.64% 2011
54 Venezuela 95.51% 2009
55 Brunei 95.45% 2011
56 Portugal 95.43% 2011
57 Philippines 95.42% 2008
58 China 95.12% 2010
59 Suriname 94.68% 2010
60 Bahrain 94.56% 2010
61 Equatorial Guinea 94.23% 2011
62 Turkey 94.11% 2011
63 Panama 94.09% 2010
64 Kuwait 93.91% 2008
65 Paraguay 93.87% 2010
66 Colombia 93.58% 2011
67 Mexico 93.52% 2011
68 Thailand 93.51% 2005
69 Vietnam 93.36% 2011
70 Malaysia 93.12% 2010
71 South Africa 92.98% 2011
72 Indonesia 92.81% 2011
73 Burma 92.68% 2011
74 Malta 92.36% 2005
75 Palau 91.92% 1980
76 Seychelles 91.84% 2011
77 Israel 91.75% 1983
78 Ecuador 91.59% 2011
79 Sri Lanka 91.18% 2010
80 Bolivia 91.17% 2009
81 Brazil 90.38% 2010
82 Puerto Rico 90.35% 2011
83 Dominican Republic 90.11% 2011
84 United Arab Emirates 90.03% 2005
85 Lebanon 89.61% 2007
86 Peru 89.59% 2007
87 Libya 89.54% 2011
88 Gabon 88.99% 2011
89 Mauritius 88.85% 2011
90 Swaziland 87.84% 2011
91 Saudi Arabia 87.16% 2011
92 Jamaica 87.04% 2011
93 Burundi 86.95% 2008
94 Oman 86.94% 2010
95 Honduras 85.12% 2011
96 Botswana 85.09% 2011
97 Iran 85.02% 2008
98 Guyana 84.99% 2009
99 Cape Verde 84.94% 2011
100 El Salvador 84.49% 2010
101 Syria 84.06% 2011
102 Zimbabwe 83.58% 2011
103 Vanuatu 83.22% 2011
104 Tunisia 79.13% 2010
105 Iraq 78.48% 2011
106 Nicaragua 78% 2005
107 Namibia 76.49% 2007
108 Guatemala 75.86% 2011
109 Lesotho 75.8% 2009
110 Comoros 75.54% 2011
111 Cambodia 73.9% 2009
112 Egypt 73.87% 2012
113 Uganda 73.21% 2010
114 Laos 72.7% 2005
115 Algeria 72.65% 2006
116 Kenya 72.16% 2007
117 Sudan 71.94% 2011
118 Ghana 71.5% 2010
119 Cameroon 71.29% 2010
120 Angola 70.36% 2011
121 Belize 70.3% 1991
122 Sao Tome and Principe 69.54% 2008
123 Eritrea 68.94% 2011
124 Tanzania 67.8% 2010
125 Morocco 67.08% 2011
126 Rwanda 65.85% 2010
127 Yemen 65.26% 2011
128 Madagascar 64.48% 2009
129 India 62.75% 2006
130 Papua New Guinea 62.42% 2011
131 Zambia 61.43% 2007
132 Malawi 61.31% 2010
133 Democratic Republic of the Congo 61.21% 2007
134 Togo 60.41% 2011
135 Mauritania 58.61% 2011
136 East Timor 58.31% 2010
137 Bangladesh 57.73% 2011
138 Nepal 57.37% 2011
139 Cote d'Ivoire 56.87% 2011
140 Central African Republic 56.61% 2011
141 Guinea-Bissau 55.28% 2011
142 Pakistan 54.89% 2009
143 Bhutan 52.81% 2005
144 The Gambia 51.11% 2011
145 Nigeria 51.08% 2008
146 Mozambique 50.58% 2009
147 Senegal 49.7% 2009
148 Haiti 48.69% 2006
149 Sierra Leone 43.28% 2011
150 Liberia 42.94% 2007
151 Ethiopia 39% 2007
152 Chad 35.39% 2011
153 Mali 33.44% 2011
154 Burkina Faso 28.73% 2007
155 Benin 28.7% 2006
156 Niger 28.67% 2005
157 Guinea 25.31% 2010
158 Afghanistan 18.16% 1979

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"Countries Compared by Education > Literacy > Literacy rate, adult total > % of people ages 15 and above. International Statistics at NationMaster.com", UNESCO Institute for Statistics. Aggregates compiled by NationMaster. Retrieved from http://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/stats/Education/Literacy/Literacy-rate,-adult-total/%-of-people-ages-15-and-above

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