Which Country Has the Highest Literacy Rate Among Adults?

Literacy Rate (Adults) (%), 2018 or latest
Education | May 18, 2019
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Based on a comparison of 35 countries in 2018, Uzbekistan ranked the highest in literacy rate among adults with 100.0% followed by Azerbaijan and Argentina. On the other end of the scale was Chad with 22.3%, Senegal with 51.9% and Egypt with 71.2%.

Data for more countries are available at Literacy Rate (Adults) indicator page.

Literacy Rate (Adults) Unit 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Argentina % ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 99.1% 99.1% 99.0% 99.2% 99.1% ... ...
Azerbaijan % ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 99.8% 99.8% 99.8% 99.8% 99.8% ... ...
Bahrain % ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 95.7% 94.9% ... ...
Indonesia % ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 95.1% 95.2% 95.4% ... ...
Kuwait % ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 95.5% 95.6% 95.5% 95.7% ...
Macao % ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 96.2% 96.5% ... ...
Oman % ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 92.0% 93.0% 94.9% ...
Palestine % ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 95.9% 96.3% 96.4% 96.7% 96.9% ... ...
Serbia % ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 98.0% 98.8% ... ...
Singapore % ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 96.4% 96.5% 96.7% 96.8% 97.0% ... ...
Spain % ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 97.9% 98.1% 98.1% 98.1% 98.3% ... ...
Turkey % ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 94.9% 95.3% 95.4% 95.6% 96.2% ... ...
Uruguay % ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 98.4% 98.4% 98.4% 98.5% 98.6% ...
Uzbekistan % ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 99.5% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% ... ...
Venezuela % ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 96.6% 97.1% ... ...