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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 aren'tdefinitive; instead they provide an approximatecomparison. Country data vary enormously depending on the sources, and there is an absence of reliable data on some countries.Source:The World Factbookand UNESCO

General World Statistics