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Lowest Literacy Rates

The countries with the lowest literacy rate, defined as the ability to read and write at a specified age.

The figures given are from 2015, the last year in which UNESCO did a global analysis. 

1.South Sudan27.0%
2.Afghanistan28.1
3.Niger28.7
4.Burkina Faso28.7
5.Mali33.4
6.Chad35.4
7.Somalia37.8
8.Ethiopia39.0
9.Guinea41.0
10.Benin42.4

 

NOTE: Country rankings of the type presented above cannot pretend to be definitive; instead they aspire only to provide the reader with an approximation of the high and low ends on a particular scale. Country data vary enormously depending on the sources, and the absence of reliable data on some countries requires their omission, which further skews the results. sOnly countries for which statistics were available figure in these lits. Sources: The World Factbook, 2015.

 

 

General World Statistics