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Education-Literacy

Adult (15+) literacy rate, by sex
Youth (15-24) literacy rate, by sex

Table 4a. Literacy
Last update: December 2012
Country or area Year   Adult (15+) literacy rate          Youth (15-24) literacy rate
    Total Men Women Total     Men Women
Albania 2008   96   97   95   99   99   99  
Algeria 2006   73   81   64   92   94   89  
Angola 2010 * 70   83   58   73   80   66  
Antigua and Barbuda 2010 * 99   98   99        
Argentina 2010 * 98   98   98   99   99   99  
Armenia 2010 * 100   100   99   100   100   100  
Aruba 2010   97   97   97   99   99   99  
Azerbaijan 2009   100   100   100   100   100   100  
Bahrain 2010 * 92   93   90   100   100   100  
Bangladesh 2010 * 57   61   52   77   75   78  
Belarus 2009   100   100   99   100   100   100  
Benin 2010 * 42   55   30   55   66   45  
Bhutan 2005   53   65   39   74   80   68  
Bolivia (Plurinational State of) 2009   91   96   87   99   100   99  
Bosnia and Herzegovina 2010 * 98   99   96   100   100   100  
Botswana 2010 * 84   84   85   95   94   97  
Brazil 2009   90   90   90   98   97   99  
Brunei Darussalam 2010 * 95   97   94   100   100   100  
Bulgaria 2011   98   99   98   98   98   98  
Burkina Faso 2007   29   37   22   39   47   33  
Burundi 2010 * 67   73   62   78   78   78  
Cambodia 2009   74   83   66   87   88   86  
Cameroon 2007   71   79   63   83   89   77  
Cape Verde 2010 * 84   89   79   98   97   99  
Cayman Islands 2007   99   99   99   99   99   99  
Central African Republic 2010 * 56   69   43   65   72   58  
Chad 2010 * 34   45   24   47   53   41  
Chile 2009   99   99   98   99   99   99  
China 2010 * 94   97   91   99   99   99  
China, Macao Special Administrative Region 2006   93   96   91   100   100   100  
Colombia 2010   93   93   93   98   98   99  
Comoros 2010 * 75   80   70   86   86   85  
Congo 2005         80   87   78  
Costa Rica 2010 * 96   96   96   98   98   99  
Côte d'Ivoire 2010 * 56   65   47   67   72   62  
Croatia 2010 * 99   99   98   100   100   100  
Cuba 2010 * 100   100   100   100   100   100  
Cyprus 2010 * 98   99   97   100   100   100  
Democratic People's Republic of Korea 2008   100   100   100   100   100   100  
Democratic Republic of the Congo 2010 * 67   77   57   65   68   62  
Dominican Republic 2010   90   89   90   97   96   98  
Ecuador 2010   92   93   90   99   98   99  
Egypt 2010   72   80   64   88   91   84  
El Salvador 2010   84   87   82   96   96   96  
Equatorial Guinea 2010 * 94   97   91   98   98   98  
Eritrea 2010 * 68   79   58   89   92   87  
Estonia 2010 * 100   100   100   100   100   100  
Ethiopia 2007   39   49   29   55   63   47  
Gabon 2010 * 88   92   85   98   99   97  
Gambia 2010 * 50   60   40   67   72   62  
Georgia 2010 * 100   100   100   100   100   100  
Ghana 2010 * 67   73   61   81   82   80  
Greece 2010 * 97   98   96   99   99   99  
Guatemala 2010 * 75   81   70   87   89   85  
Guinea 2010 * 41   52   30   63   70   57  
Guinea-Bissau 2010 * 54   68   41   72   79   65  
Haiti 2006   49 * 53 * 45 * 72   74   70  
Honduras 2010   85   85   85   95   94   96  
Hungary 2010 * 99   99   99   99   99   99  
India 2006   63   75   51   81   88   74  
Indonesia 2009   93   96   90   99   100   99  
Iran (Islamic Republic of) 2008   85   89   81   99   99   99  
Iraq 2010 * 78   86   71   83   85   81  
Italy 2010 * 99   99   99   100   100   100  
Jamaica 2010 * 87   82   91   95   93   98  
Jordan 2010   93   96   89   99   99   99  
Kazakhstan 2010 * 100   100   100   100   100   100  
Kenya 2010 * 87   91   84   93   92   94  
Kuwait 2008   94   95   92   99   99   99  
Kyrgyzstan 2009   99   100   99   100   100   100  
Lao People's Democratic Republic 2005   73   82   63   84   89   79  
Latvia 2010 * 100   100   100   100   100   100  
Lebanon 2007   90   93   86   99   98   99  
Lesotho 2010 * 90   83   96   92   86   98  
Liberia 2010 * 61   65   57   77   71   82  
Libya 2010 * 89   96   83   100   100   100  
Lithuania 2010 * 100   100   100   100   100   100  
Madagascar 2009 * 64   67   62   65   66   64  
Malawi 2010 * 75   81   68   87   87   87  
Malaysia 2010   93   95   91   98   98   98  
Maldives 2006   98   98   98   99   99   99  
Mali 2010   31   43   20   44   56   34  
Malta 2005   92   91   94   98   97   99  
Mauritania 2010 * 58   65   51   68   71   65  
Mauritius 2010 * 89   91   86   97   96   98  
Mexico 2010   93   94   92   98   98   98  
Mongolia 2010 * 97   97   98   96   94   97  
Montenegro 2010 * 98   99   97   99   99   99  
Morocco 2009   56   69   44   79   87   72  
Mozambique 2010 * 56   71   43   72   79   65  
Myanmar 2010 * 92   95   90   96   96   96  
Namibia 2010 * 89   89   88   93   91   95  
Nepal 2010 * 60   73   48   83   88   78  
Netherlands Antilles 2010 * 96   96   96   98   98   98  
Nicaragua 2005   78   78   78   87   85   89  
Niger 2005   29   43   15   37   52   23  
Nigeria 2010 * 61   72   50   72   78   66  
Occupied Palestinian Territory 2010   95   98   92   99   99   99  
Oman 2008   87   90   81   98   98   98  
Pakistan 2009   55   69   40   71   79   61  
Panama 2010   94   95   93   98   98   97  
Papua New Guinea 2010 * 61   64   57   68   65   72  
Paraguay 2010   94   95   93   99   99   99  
Peru 2007   90   95   85   97   98   97  
Philippines 2008   95   95   96   98   97   98  
Poland 2010 * 100   100   99   100   100   100  
Portugal 2010 * 95   97   94   100   100   100  
Puerto Rico 2010 * 90   90   91   87   86   87  
Qatar 2010   96   97   95   97   96   98  
Republic of Moldova 2010 * 99   99   98   99   99   100  
Romania 2010 * 98   98   97   97   97   97  
Russian Federation 2010 * 100   100   99   100   100   100  
Rwanda 2010 * 71   75   68   77   77   78  
Samoa 2010 * 99   99   99   99   99   100  
Sao Tome and Principe 2010 * 89   94   85   95   95   96  
Saudi Arabia 2010 * 87   90   81   98   99   97  
Senegal 2009   50   62   39   65   74   56  
Serbia 2010 * 98   99   97   99   99   99  
Seychelles 2010 * 92   91   92   99   99   99  
Sierra Leone 2010 * 42   54   31   59   69   50  
Singapore 2010   96   98   94   100   100   100  
Slovenia 2010 * 100   100   100   100   100   100  
Solomon Islands 1999   77   84   69   85   90   80  
South Africa 2007   89   91   87   98   97   98  
Spain 2010   98   99   97   100   100   100  
Sri Lanka 2010   91   93   90   98   98   99  
Sudan (pre-secession) 2010 * 71   80   62   87   90   84  
Suriname 2010   95   95   94   98   98   99  
Swaziland 2010 * 87   88   87   94   92   95  
Syrian Arab Republic 2010 * 83   90   77   95   96   94  
Tajikistan 2010 * 100   100   100   100   100   100  
Thailand 2005   94   96   92   98   98   98  
TFYR of Macedonia 2010 * 97   99   96   99   99   99  
Timor-Leste 2010   58   64   53   80   80   79  
Togo 2009   57   71   44   82   88   75  
Tonga 2006   99   99   99   99   99   100  
Trinidad and Tobago 2010 * 99   99   98   100   100   100  
Tunisia 2008   78   86   71   97   98   96  
Turkey 2009   91   96   85   98   99   97  
Turkmenistan 2010 * 100   100   99   100   100   100  
Uganda 2010   73   83   65   87   90   85  
Ukraine 2010 * 100   100   100   100   100   100  
United Arab Emirates 2005   90   89   91   95   94   97  
United Republic of Tanzania 2010 * 73   79   67   77   78   76  
Uruguay 2010   98   98   98   99   98   99  
Uzbekistan 2010 * 99   100   99   100   100   100  
Vanuatu 2010 * 83   84   81   94   94   94  
Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of) 2009   96   96   95   99   98   99  
Viet Nam 2010 * 93   95   91   97   97   96  
Yemen 2010 * 64   81   47   85   96   74  
Zambia 2010 * 71   81   62   74   82   67  
Zimbabwe 2010 * 92   95   90   99   98   100  
                             

 

 

Footnotes  
Not available
* UIS estimation.
   

 

Sources:
UNESCO Institute for Statistics, National literacy rates for youths (15-24) and adults (15+), available from UIS website, http://www.uis.unesco.org.
 
Technical notes:
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) defines a literate person as someone who can both read and write with understanding, a short, simple statement on his or her everyday life. A person who can only read but not write, or can write but not read is considered to be illiterate. A person who can only write figures, his or her name or a memorized ritual phrase is also not considered literate.
This definition of literacy is widely used in national population censuses and surveys but its interpretation and application may vary to some extent among countries, depending on national, social and cultural circumstances. Furthermore, this concept of literacy includes persons who, though familiar with the basics of reading and writing, might still be considered functionally illiterate.
For many countries or areas, literacy rates are not available for one or more of the following reasons: (a) illiteracy is believed to have been reduced to minimal levels through several decades of universal primary education, (b) it has not been possible to establish revised estimates following recent mass literacy campaigns, (c) not even a minimal database is available for making rough estimates, or (d) countries have preferred that no estimate be published.


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