Lowest Literacy Rates

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

1. South Sudan 27.0%
2. Afghanistan 28.1
3. Niger 28.7
4. Burkina Faso 28.7
5. Mali 33.4
6. Chad 35.4
7. Somalia 37.8
8. Ethiopia 39.0
9. Guinea 41.0
10. Benin 42.4

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.

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