failed states Compared by People > Literacy > Total population

DEFINITION: This entry is derived from People > Literacy, which includes a definition of literacy and Census Bureau percentages for the total population, males, and females. There are no universal definitions and standards of literacy. Unless otherwise specified, all rates are based on the most common definition - the ability to read and write at a specified age. Detailing the standards that individual countries use to assess the ability to read and write is beyond the scope of the Factbook. Information on literacy, while not a perfect measure of educational results, is probably the most easily available and valid for international comparisons. Low levels of literacy, and education in general, can impede the economic development of a country in the current rapidly changing, technology-driven world.
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  • Gibraltar: above 80% (2013)


1 Zimbabwe 83.6% 2013
2 Iraq 78.5% 2013
3 Sudan 71.9% 2013
4 Democratic Republic of the Congo 66.8% 2013
5 Yemen 65.3% 2013
6 Nigeria 61.3% 2013
7 Cote d'Ivoire 56.9% 2013
8 Central African Republic 56.6% 2013
9 Guinea-Bissau 55.3% 2013
10 Pakistan 54.9% 2013
11 Haiti 48.7% 2013
12 Guinea 41% 2013
13 Somalia 37.8% 2013
14 Chad 35.4% 2013
15 Afghanistan 28.1% 2013
16 South Sudan 27% 2013


failed states Compared by People > Literacy > Total population


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