List of countries by literacy rate

Rank Country Literacy Rate%

1 Finland 100%
1 Georgia 100%
1 Luxembourg 100%
1 Norway 100%
5 Cuba 99.8
5 Estonia 99.8
7 Barbados 99.7
7 Latvia 99.7
7 Poland 99.7
7 Slovenia 99.7
11 Belarus 99.6
11 Lithuania 99.6
11 Slovakia 99.6
14 Kazakhstan 99.5
14 Tajikistan 99.5
16 Armenia 99.4
16 Russia 99.4
16 Ukraine 99.4
19 Hungary 99.3
20 Uzbekistan 99.3
21 Australia 99
21 Belgium 99
21 Canada 99
21 Czech Republic 99
21 Denmark 99
21 France 99
21 Germany 99
21 Iceland 99
21 Ireland 99
21 Japan 99
21 Netherlands 99
21 New Zealand 99
21 Sweden 99
21 Switzerland 99
21 United Kingdom 99
21 United States 99
35 Tonga 98.9
36 Azerbaijan 98.8
36 Turkmenistan 98.8
38 Albania 98.7
38 Kyrgyzstan 98.7
38 Samoa 98.7
41 Trinidad and Tobago 98.6
42 Italy 98.5
43 Romania 98.4
44 Bulgaria 98.2
45 Croatia 98.1
46 Austria 98
47 South Korea 97.9
48 Greece 97.8
48 Mongolia 97.8
50 Spain 97.7
50 Uruguay 97.7
52 Argentina 97.5
53 Maldives 97.2
54 Israel 96.9
55 Cyprus 96.8
56 Guyana 96.5
57 Montenegro 96.4
58 Moldova 96.2
59 Republic of Macedonia 96.1
59 Taiwan 96.1
61 Grenada 96
61 Vietnam 96
63 Costa Rica 95.8
64 Chile 95.7
65 Bahamas 95.5
66 Bosnia and Herzegovina 94.6
67 Philippines 93.9
68 Hong Kong of the People's Republic of China 93.5
69 Venezuela 93
70 Fiji 92.9
71 Brunei 92.7
72 Colombia 92.6
72 Thailand 92.6
74 Malta 92.5
73 Portugal 92.5
73 Singapore 92.5
76 Palestinian territories 91.9
76 Panama 91.9
76 Seychelles 91.9
77 Jordan 91.7
79 Paraguay 91.6
80 Ecuador 91
81 People's Republic of China (mainland only) 90.9
82 Sri Lanka 90.4
83 Mexico 90.3
85 Saint Lucia 90.1
86 Zimbabwe 90
87 Myanmar 89.7
88 Qatar 89.2
89 Malaysia 88.7
90 Brazil 88.4
91 Turkey 88.3
92 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 88.1
93 Dominica 88
93 Suriname 88
95 Indonesia 87.9
96 Bahrain 87.7
96 Dominican Republic 87.7
98 Peru 87.7
99 Jamaica 87.6
100 Bolivia 86.5
100 Lebanon 86.5
102 Antigua and Barbuda 85.8
103 Namibia 85
104 Mauritius 84.4
105 Equatorial Guinea 84.2
106 São Tomé and Príncipe 83.1
107 Kuwait 82.9
108 Syria 82.9
109 Republic of the Congo 82.8
110 South Africa 82.4
111 Libya 81.7
112 Lesotho 81.4
113 Iran 80
113 Honduras 80
115 El Salvador 79.7
116 Saudi Arabia 79.4
117 Swaziland 79.2
118 Botswana 78.9
118 Tanzania 78.2
119 United Arab Emirates 77.3
120 Belize 76.9
121 Nicaragua 76.7
122 Solomon Islands 76.6
123 Cape Verde 75.7
124 Oman 74.4
125 Tunisia 74.3
126 Vanuatu 74
127 Cambodia 73.6
127 Kenya 73.6
129 Gabon 71
130 Madagascar 70.6
131 Algeria 69.8
133 Guatemala 69.1
134 Uganda 68.9
135 Laos 68.7
136 Cameroon 67.9
136 Zambia 67.9
138 Angola 66.8
138 Nigeria 66.8
140 Djibouti 65.5
141 Democratic Republic of the Congo 65.3
142 Malawi 64.1
143 Rwanda 64
144 Morocco 61.6
145 India 61
146 Sudan 59
147 Burundi 58.9
148 Timor-Leste 58.6
149 Liberia 57.5
150 Papua New Guinea 57.3
151 Eritrea 56.7
152 Comoros 56.2
153 Egypt 55.6
154 Pakistan 54.2
155 Ghana 54.1
156 Togo 53
157 Haiti 51.9
158 Mauritania 51.2
159 Yemen 49
160 Central African Republic 48.6
161 Nepal 48.6
162 Côte d'Ivoire 48.1
163 Bhutan 47
164 Mozambique 46.5
165 Bangladesh 43.1
166 Ethiopia 41.5
167 Guinea 41
168 Guinea-Bissau 39.6
169 Senegal 39.3
170 Gambia 37.8
171 Benin 33.6
172 Sierra Leone 29.6
173 Afghanistan 28.1
174 Chad 25.5
175 Mali 19
176 Niger 14.4
177 Burkina Faso 12.8


  1. On 21-May-2014, Sant Ram Dangol wrote: 
    where is Nepal?
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