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Asian Countries by Literacy Rate

Among the Asian countries, Georgia has the highest literacy rate whereas East Timor has the lowest literacy rate. Below is the map of Asia, showing the countries by literacy rate along with a table showing the literacy rate of these countries.

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List of Asian Countries by Literacy Rate

CountryUNESCO literacy rate
Literacy rate (all)Male literacyFemale literacyGender difference
Afghanistan38.2%52.0%24.2%27.8%
Armenia99.8%99.8%99.7%0.1%
Azerbaijan99.8%99.9%99.7%0.2%
Bahrain95.7%96.9%93.5%3.5%
Bangladesh61.5%64.6%58.5%6.1%
Bhutan64.9%73.1%55.0%18.1%
Brunei Darussalam96.4%97.7%95.1%2.6%
Burma (Myanmar)93.1%95.2%91.2%4.0%
Cambodia77.2%84.5%70.5%13.9%
China96.4%98.2%94.5%3.7%
Cyprus99.1%99.5%98.7%0.8%
Timor67.5%71.5%63.4%8.1%
Georgia99.8%99.8%99.7%0.1%
India72.1%80.9%62.8%18.1%
Indonesia93.9%96.3%91.5%4.7%
Iran86.8%91.2%82.5%8.7%
Iraq79.7%85.7%73.7%11.9%
Israelnot reported by UNESCO 2015
Japannot reported by UNESCO 2015
Jordan96.7%98.1%95.2%3.0%
Kazakhstan99.8%99.8%99.8%0.0%
Kuwait96.2%96.9%95.0%1.9%
Kyrgyzstan99.5%99.6%99.4%0.2%
Laos79.9%87.1%72.8%14.3%
Lebanon93.9%96.0%91.8%4.1%
Malaysia94.6%96.2%93.2%3.0%
Maldives99.3%99.8%98.8%0.9%
Mongolia98.4%98.2%98.6%-0.4%
Nepal64.7%75.6%55.1%20.5%
Korea100.0%100.0%100.0%0.0%
Oman94.8%96.9%90.0%6.9%
Pakistan56.4%69.6%42.7%26.9%
Philippines96.3%95.8%96.8%-1.0%
Qatar97.8%97.9%97.3%0.6%
Russia99.7%99.7%99.7%0.0%
Saudi Arabia94.7%97.0%91.1%5.9%
Singapore96.8%98.7%95.1%3.6%
Sri92.6%93.6%91.7%1.9%
Koreanot reported by UNESCO 2015
Syria86.4%91.7%81.0%10.7%
Tajikistan99.8%99.8%99.7%0.1%
Thailand96.7%96.6%96.7%-0.1%
Turkey95%98.4%91.8%6.6%
Turkmenistan99.7%99.8%99.6%0.1%
United Arab Emirates93.8%93.1%95.8%-2.6%
Uzbekistan99.6%99.7%99.5%0.3%
Vietnam94.5%96.3%92.8%3.4%
Yemen70.1%85.1%55.0%30.1%
* Source United Nations Development Programme Report 2009

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Last Updated on: March 9th, 2018