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World Illiteracy Map


World Illiteracy map shows the level of illiteracy in different parts of the world. The highest percentage of illiteracy is in the African continent.

World Illiteracy Map

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Description : World Illiteracy map shows the countries in the world that are highly affected by the problem of illiteracy. Disclaimer







World illiteracy map presents us a not-so-nice picture of the world. Illiteracy is one of the major hindrances that come in the way of economic growth. Literate manpower helps a country in developing.
Illiteracy poverty relation has been highlighted by many a study around the world. The World illiteracy map shows a world map where different colors have been used to show different regions with different illiteracy rates. Different colors show the illiteracy rates in the population of all countries. A legend has been provided along with the map to make the interpretation easier. On the Illiteracy Map, blue color indicates that over 60% of the population is illiterate.

World literacy statistics show that Africa has the largest number of countries with 60% of illiterate people. Purple color shows those countries, where 40-60% of the population is illiterate. Orange color shows those countries, where 20-40% of the population is illiterate.

Light Green color shows those areas where 5-20% of the population is illiterate. Most of North America, Europe and Australia fall into the category of less than 5% adult illiteracy. Third world literacy figures show that in the developing countries, most of the population is illiterate. Highest illiteracy rates are observed in developing countries such as South Asian, Arab and Sub-Saharan countries. In developed countries the illiteracy rate is low. For instance, illiteracy in America cannot be compared with the functional illiteracy rates of the third world. US illiteracy is a meager 2.8 million in a country of more than 300 million people. Several factors, the development of a region, economic status as well as urbanization affect the region's literacy rate, illiteracy statistics reveal.

World literacy rates as a whole presents a bleak picture. World statistics show that the education world in the developing countries is caught up in a vicious circle: in order to provide education for its populace, the governments of these countries need to allocate funds. But funds are available only if there is economic development in the country. Many international organizations like the UNESCO and non-governmental organizations on world literacy missions make arduous effort to eliminate this social handicap.


CountriesIlliteracy Rate
Burkina Faso78.20%
South Sudan73.00%
Niger71.30%
Mali68.90%
Afghanistan66.00%
Chad65.50%
Sierra Leone64.90%
Somalia62.20%
Senegal60.70%
Guinea59.00%
Benin57.60%
Ethiopia57.30%
Bhutan53.00%
Wallis and Futuna50.00%
Gambia, The50.00%
Guinea-Bissau45.80%
Central African Republic44.00%
Mozambique43.90%
Morocco43.90%
Ivory Coast43.80%
Bangladesh43.20%
Pakistan43.00%
Papua New Guinea42.70%
Mauritania42.00%
Timor-Leste41.40%
Nepal39.70%
Liberia39.20%
Togo39.10%
Haiti39.00%
Sudan38.90%
Nigeria38.70%
Yemen36.10%
Madagascar35.50%
Uganda33.20%
Congo, Democratic Republic of the33.20%
Burundi32.80%
Nicaragua32.50%
Djibouti32.10%
Angola29.90%
Rwanda28.90%
Ghana28.50%
Egypt28.00%
Laos27.00%
Algeria27.00%
Cambodia26.40%
Vanuatu26.00%
India25.95%
Malawi25.20%
Comoros25.10%
Guatemala23.97%
Belize23.10%
Cameroon22.40%
Tunisia22.00%
Tanzania21.80%
Iraq21.80%
Honduras20.00%
Eritrea20.00%
Zambia19.40%
Gibraltar19.00%
El Salvador18.90%
Swaziland18.40%
Congo, Republic of the16.20%
Cape Verde15.70%
Botswana15.50%
Sao Tome and Principe15.10%
Syria15.00%
Iran[8]15.00%
World15.00%
Antigua and Barbuda14.20%
Mexico13.90%
South Africa13.60%
Bolivia13.30%
Oman13.00%
Dominican Republic13.00%
Kenya12.60%
Jamaica12.10%
Gabon11.60%
Namibia11.20%
Micronesia, Federated States of11.00%
Libya10.80%
Suriname10.40%
Lesotho10.40%
Mauritius10.20%
Burma10.10%
United Arab Emirates10.00%
Lebanon10.00%
Saint Lucia9.90%
Colombia9.60%
Brazil9.60%
Zimbabwe9.30%
Ecuador9.00%
Sri Lanka8.80%
Macau8.70%
Panama8.10%
Kosovo, Republic of8.10%
Seychelles8.10%
Guyana8.10%
Palau8.00%
Malaysia7.90%
Singapore7.50%
Thailand7.40%
Jordan7.40%
Brunei7.30%
Malta7.20%
Indonesia7.19%
Peru7.10%
Hong Kong6.50%
Marshall Islands6.30%
Fiji6.30%
CountriesIlliteracy Rate
Maldives6.20%
Equatorial Guinea6.10%
Vietnam6.00%
Paraguay6.00%
Kuwait6.00%
Dominica6.00%
Puerto Rico5.90%
China5.80%
Bahrain5.40%
Costa Rica5.10%
Niue5.00%
Cook Islands5.00%
Anguilla5.00%
West Bank5.00%
Venezuela4.90%
Turkey[19]4.80%
Portugal4.80%
Philippines4.60%
Bahamas, The4.40%
Chile4.30%
Saudi Arabia4.00%
San Marino4.00%
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines4.00%
Grenada4.00%
Greece4.00%
Gaza Strip4.00%
New Caledonia3.80%
Qatar3.70%
Saint Helena, Ascension, and Tristan da Cunha3.00%
Northern Mariana Islands3.00%
Montserrat3.00%
American Samoa3.00%
Israel2.90%
Argentina2.80%
Macedonia, Republic of2.70%
Aruba2.70%
Mongolia2.60%
Cyprus2.40%
Spain2.30%
Romania2.30%
Saint Kitts and Nevis2.20%
British Virgin Islands2.20%
Serbia2.10%
Korea, South2.10%
Bosnia and Herzegovina2.10%
Uruguay2.00%
Turks and Caicos Islands2.00%
French Polynesia2.00%
Cayman Islands2.00%
Bermuda2.00%
Austria2.00%
Taiwan1.80%
Montenegro1.60%
Italy1.60%
Bulgaria1.60%
Moldova1.50%
Trinidad and Tobago1.40%
Kyrgyzstan1.30%
Albania1.30%
Tonga1.10%
Turkmenistan1.10%
Croatia1.10%
United States1.00%
United Kingdom1.00%
Switzerland1.00%
Sweden1.00%
Saint Pierre and Miquelon1.00%
New Zealand1.00%
Netherlands1.00%
Monaco1.00%
Korea, North1.00%
Japan1.00%
Ireland, Republic of1.00%
Iceland1.00%
Hungary1.00%
Guam1.00%
Germany1.00%
France1.00%
Finland1.00%
Denmark1.00%
Czech Republic1.00%
Canada1.00%
Belgium1.00%
Australia1.00%
Uzbekistan0.70%
Poland0.50%
Kazakhstan0.50%
Slovakia0.40%
Russia0.40%
Belarus0.40%
Armenia0.40%
Ukraine0.30%
Tajikistan0.30%
Slovenia0.30%
Samoa0.30%
Lithuania0.30%
Georgia0.30%
Barbados0.30%
Latvia0.20%
Estonia0.20%
Cuba0.20%
Azerbaijan0.20%
Vatican City0.00%
Norway0.00%
Luxembourg0.00%
Liechtenstein0.00%
Greenland0.00%
Andorra0.00%