Illiteracy rates by world region 2018

The statistics show the illiteracy rate (proportion of illiterate people among all over 15-year-olds) in 2018*, by world regions. The illiteracy rate was 31.3 percent in South Asia. Adult illiteracy rate is defined as the percentage of the population ages 15 and older who can not read or write.

The illiteracy rate among all adults (over 15-year-olds) in 2018* , by world region

The illiteracy rate among all adults
Sub-Saharan Africa 36.6%
South Asia31.3%
Arab States 27.7%
Latin America and the Caribbean 6.2%
East Asia and the Pacific 5.6%
Europe and Central Asia 1.5%
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Source

Release date

December 2019

Region

Worldwide

Survey time period

2008 to 2018

Age group

15 years and older

Supplementary notes

* The reference years vary, but according to the source, the values refer to the most recent year available in each specified time period. The source indicates the degree of literacy. The illiteracy rate was calculated in reverse.
The source provides no data for North America.

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Statistics on "Latin America and the Caribbean"

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