Literacy rate, women aged 15 and above

percent, 1999–2016

Info Edit
Country199920002001200220032004200520062007200820092010201120122013201420152016
Afghanistan17.61
Albania98.2597.7497.2396.7296.2195.7095.1994.6895.0295.3595.6996.14
Algeria60.0861.0462.0062.9663.9265.7367.55
Andorra100.00100.00
Angola54.1954.1354.0754.0153.9553.8953.8353.7753.7153.6553.5953.5353.4753.41
Antigua and Barbuda99.42
Argentina97.1997.2697.3397.3997.4697.5397.5997.6697.7397.8097.8697.9398.0098.0698.13
Armenia99.1699.2199.2799.3299.3799.4399.4899.5399.5899.6499.69
Aruba97.0797.0497.0096.9796.9396.9096.8696.8396.7996.7596.72
Azerbaijan98.1798.3398.4898.6398.7998.9499.0999.2599.4099.5499.6899.6999.7099.7099.7299.7299.7299.72
Bahrain83.5684.4585.3586.2487.1488.0388.9389.8290.7291.61
Bangladesh40.8241.3141.8042.2842.7743.2543.7444.4945.2445.9946.7451.3756.0060.6465.2769.90
Belarus99.4299.4399.4399.4499.4599.4699.4699.4799.4899.4999.49
Benin23.3022.0920.8719.6618.4419.0519.6620.2720.8821.4922.09
Bhutan38.6840.0141.3542.6844.0245.3546.6848.02
Bolivia80.6581.5482.4383.3284.2185.1085.9986.8386.8287.4588.0891.8790.7889.6888.58
Bosnia and Herzegovina94.3694.5894.8095.0395.2595.4795.6995.9296.1496.3696.5896.8095.8694.91
Botswana81.81
Brazil86.5087.0887.6588.2388.8189.3389.8690.2390.2290.4190.6891.6391.6291.7692.06
Brunei90.1690.6191.0691.5191.9692.4192.8693.3193.7594.2094.65
Bulgaria97.7197.7397.7697.7997.8297.8597.8797.9097.9397.9697.98
Burkina Faso15.1915.9116.6216.2921.5822.2422.9123.5724.2324.8925.5626.22
Burundi52.2451.1049.9748.8347.7046.5645.4344.2943.1645.0746.9948.9150.8352.7554.66
Cape Verde80.5081.0181.5382.04
Cambodia64.0565.7567.4569.1670.8665.93
Cameroon58.7259.3459.9560.5661.1861.7962.4163.0263.6164.2164.80
Cayman Islands99.02
Central African Republic35.2934.2033.1032.0130.9229.8228.7327.6426.5425.4524.36
Chad12.8014.0915.3916.6817.9817.6117.2416.8816.5116.1415.7715.4115.0414.6714.3013.9313.96
Chile95.6496.1596.6697.1797.6898.1998.7098.4997.5196.5396.3596.16
China86.5387.1587.7688.3889.0089.6290.2490.8691.4792.0992.71
Colombia92.7192.9192.2292.8593.4493.4293.4993.6793.9494.2194.4894.42
Comoros63.4661.7259.9958.2556.5254.7853.0551.3149.5847.8446.1144.3742.64
Congo (Kinshasa)54.0652.7351.4150.0848.7647.4346.1049.4752.8356.1959.5662.9263.8164.7165.6066.50
Congo (Brazzaville)72.88
Costa Rica95.0895.3095.5295.7495.9696.1896.4096.6296.8497.0697.2897.50
Ivory Coast38.6137.9437.2636.5835.9035.2234.5433.8633.1832.5031.8231.1430.4633.6236.78
Croatia97.0897.2497.4097.5697.7297.8798.0398.1998.3598.5198.67
Cuba99.7999.7999.7999.7999.7999.8099.8099.8099.8099.8099.80
Cyprus95.0895.3895.6995.9996.2996.6096.9097.2197.5197.8198.12
Dominican Republic87.1887.4087.6287.8488.0688.2888.7589.2289.7090.2390.2291.2592.1592.32
Ecuador89.7088.3687.0285.6984.3583.0281.6881.5781.4590.4790.2290.9592.2293.2593.2693.31
Egypt30.8057.8159.2460.6662.0963.5264.6465.7667.18
El Salvador81.0079.6681.3681.8282.3183.0283.8484.6785.4486.22
Equatorial Guinea81.62
Eritrea40.2242.6545.0847.5149.9452.3754.80
Estonia99.7699.7799.7999.8099.8199.8399.8499.8699.8799.8899.9099.91
Ethiopia22.8017.9823.4528.92
Gabon79.88
Gambia25.0625.7226.3727.0327.6828.3428.9929.6530.3030.9631.6132.2732.9233.58
Georgia99.5599.5599.5599.5499.5499.5499.5399.5399.5399.5299.5299.5299.51
Ghana49.7951.3452.8954.4455.9957.5459.0960.6462.1963.7465.29
Greece94.2493.3792.5091.6390.7791.2991.8191.8391.8594.0496.23
Greenland100.00
Guatemala63.3464.2565.1666.0766.9867.8868.7969.7070.6171.5272.4372.1376.37
Guinea18.2417.3716.5115.6514.7813.9213.0612.1914.6317.0819.5221.96
Guinea Bissau27.4927.7327.9628.2028.4328.6628.9029.1329.3729.6029.8330.0730.3030.5330.77
Guyana87.2586.8186.3785.9285.4885.03
Haiti54.8651.4448.0244.60
Honduras80.2280.7681.3081.8482.3882.9183.4583.8884.3084.7384.9385.0585.2887.0387.8988.93
India47.8448.4449.0349.6350.2350.8252.5154.2155.9057.5959.28
Indonesia86.8087.7988.7988.9489.1089.6889.8790.0791.2092.3293.4593.3493.59
Iran70.4072.5374.6776.8077.2477.4777.6977.8878.0678.2478.4279.7679.84
Iraq64.1762.1560.1458.1256.1054.0952.0750.0548.0446.0244.0041.9939.9737.96
Italy98.0498.1098.1598.2098.2698.3198.3698.4298.4798.5398.58
Jamaica85.87
Jordan84.7185.8687.0187.9588.9089.0089.1189.2193.9397.37
Kazakhstan99.2999.3399.3799.4199.4599.4999.5399.5799.6199.6499.6899.74
Kenya77.8976.3274.7473.1771.5970.0168.4466.8667.8868.9069.9270.9471.9772.9974.01
North Korea100.00
Kuwait91.0490.8391.5091.7892.2392.6893.8294.9794.3094.3994.47
Kyrgyzstan98.1398.2298.3098.3998.4798.5698.6498.7398.8198.9098.98
Laos58.4660.9061.4862.0662.6563.2360.9858.7356.4854.2251.9749.72
Latvia99.7199.7399.7599.7699.7899.8099.8299.8499.8599.8799.8999.91
Lebanon85.9787.0388.09
Lesotho92.0591.2690.4789.6988.9088.1187.3286.5485.7584.9684.9684.9584.9584.9484.93
Liberia27.03
Lithuania99.6599.6799.6999.7099.7299.7499.7699.7899.8099.8199.83
Macau87.7788.3688.9589.5490.1390.7291.3391.9392.5393.1393.7393.9994.2594.5194.7795.03
Macedonia (F.Y.R.O.M.)94.06
Madagascar65.2864.8764.4764.0763.6663.2662.8562.4562.0561.6463.8666.0768.28
Malawi51.2552.2253.1954.1655.1355.20
Malaysia85.3585.8986.4386.9787.5188.0588.5989.1389.6790.2190.75
Maldives98.4398.4698.5098.5398.5698.5998.6398.6698.69
Mali15.9016.6617.4318.1918.7219.2419.7620.2924.6424.0323.4222.8122.20
Malta93.5093.7293.9394.1594.3694.5894.79
Marshall Islands98.20
Mauritania43.4242.2641.1139.9638.8137.6536.5035.35
Mauritius80.5081.0681.6282.1882.7483.3083.8684.4284.9885.5486.1086.6688.9889.0590.2890.65
Mexico88.6888.7188.7389.1889.6390.2189.8391.3691.4592.1291.8592.3493.1892.9093.5993.49
Moldova95.4995.7896.0696.3596.6496.9297.2197.4997.7898.0798.3598.6498.92
Mongolia97.5397.6197.6997.7797.8597.9398.0198.0998.1898.2698.34
Montenegro96.3296.4796.6196.7696.9197.0697.2197.3597.50
Morocco39.6240.3641.1041.8542.5943.9250.7857.6459.13
Mozambique33.1933.7434.2834.8235.3735.9136.45
Burma (Myanmar)86.4285.5084.5983.6882.7781.8680.9580.0479.1378.2277.3176.4075.4974.5873.6772.7671.85
Namibia83.5482.6881.8180.9580.0879.2278.3580.7583.1585.5587.95
Nepal34.8936.2837.6839.0740.4741.8643.2644.6546.0547.4448.84
Nicaragua76.6076.9377.2677.5977.92
Niger9.4010.8212.2413.6615.0814.2113.3312.4511.5710.709.828.94
Nigeria43.3242.9442.5542.1641.7741.39
Oman73.5375.0076.4777.9479.4080.8781.3481.8083.5885.3787.1588.9386.04
Pakistan35.3739.6139.8540.0840.3141.0241.9843.0741.9744.28
Palau99.5397.9396.34
Panama91.2591.4791.6991.9292.1492.3792.5992.8193.0493.2693.49
Papua New Guinea50.92
Paraguay93.4592.4993.1492.9393.1393.3393.5393.7394.34
Peru82.0682.4583.4584.6585.8587.0688.2689.4690.6790.5690.4591.2591.19
Philippines92.6592.9693.2693.5694.0294.4794.9295.3795.8396.0296.2196.4096.6096.79
Portugal92.86
Puerto Rico92.53
Qatar88.6189.2289.8390.4492.6692.9195.4095.5695.7797.0797.56
Romania96.2796.4896.7096.9197.1397.3497.5697.7797.9998.21
Russia99.2399.2899.3399.3999.4499.4999.5499.6099.65
Rwanda59.7559.9360.1160.2960.4760.6560.8361.0161.1961.3761.5563.1164.66
Samoa99.07
Saint Thomas and Principe77.9575.4072.8470.2967.7465.1962.6460.0866.4272.7679.1085.44
Saudi Arabia69.2971.0572.8174.5776.3478.0179.6881.3583.0284.6986.3688.0389.7091.37
Senegal29.2530.1831.1232.0532.9934.8836.7738.6739.5540.4237.0133.60
Serbia96.7597.0497.3497.6497.9398.23
Seychelles92.2692.5392.8193.0893.3593.6393.9094.1894.45
Sierra Leone24.1624.2424.3124.3924.4724.5524.6224.7024.7824.86
Singapore88.6589.1689.6790.1890.7091.2191.7292.2492.7593.2693.7794.0794.3694.6494.9195.1995.45
Solomon Islands69.00
South Africa87.0489.4191.7791.7192.0592.5992.8393.0793.41
South Sudan19.19
Spain96.2396.9397.0997.2696.8996.9397.0097.0797.2297.4497.4997.5597.70
Sri Lanka89.1489.1389.1289.1189.1089.0989.0889.0789.5289.96
Sudan52.1551.4750.7850.1049.4248.7448.0647.3846.70
Suriname87.2088.8490.4892.1293.7793.8894.0092.5091.00
Swaziland80.3380.5480.7580.9681.1881.3981.6081.8182.0282.2482.45
Syria74.2473.9373.63
Tajikistan99.22
Tanzania62.1761.9961.8261.6461.4661.2961.1160.9360.7567.0573.3573.2673.1873.09
Thailand90.5290.7290.9291.1291.3391.5392.5193.4994.4795.4596.4395.0393.6492.2591.7291.19
Timor Leste30.0032.0834.1736.2538.3340.4242.5045.9949.4752.96
Togo38.4539.4440.4341.4242.4043.3944.3844.1243.8643.6145.7947.9848.7949.6150.4351.24
Tonga99.0899.1599.2299.2999.3699.43
Tunisia65.3566.4067.4668.5170.9671.0371.0971.7372.1672.1972.22
Turkey79.5880.5580.3981.2683.3185.3588.0790.3191.6092.1492.4092.65
Uganda58.9159.7060.4961.2962.0862.7163.3463.9664.5963.2861.97
Ukraine99.1799.2499.3199.3999.4699.5399.6099.6799.7499.8299.8999.96
United Arab Emirates91.47
Uruguay98.0898.2498.4698.5398.4998.6298.6698.6498.8198.87
Uzbekistan98.1498.2898.4298.5798.7198.8599.0099.1499.2899.4299.5799.7199.85100.0099.9899.98
Venezuela92.7293.0893.4593.8294.1994.5694.9395.1495.3595.1995.0395.4195.7996.1896.5697.21
Vietnam86.9286.6187.1487.6788.2088.7389.2689.7990.3290.8591.38
West Bank and Gaza87.9588.8589.7690.4790.1091.7092.1792.6293.5794.1394.4194.8595.21
Zambia59.8060.4861.1661.8459.8357.8255.8153.8051.7960.4469.0977.75
Zimbabwe80.0782.8185.5488.28

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

Source: UNESCO via World Bank