* indicates monthly or quarterly data series

Male literacy rate, ages 15-24, 2021:

The average for 2021 based on 49 countries was 96.28 percent. The highest value was in Uzbekistan: 100 percent and the lowest value was in Afghanistan: 71.24 percent. The indicator is available from 1970 to 2022. Below is a chart for all countries where data are available.

Measure: percent; Source: UNESCO
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* indicates monthly or quarterly data series


Countries Male literacy rate, ages 15-24, 2021 Global rank Available data
Uzbekistan 100 1 2000 - 2022
Estonia 99.98 2 1989 - 2021
Lithuania 99.94 3 1989 - 2021
Russia 99.91 4 1989 - 2021
Cyprus 99.89 5 1992 - 2021
Poland 99.8 6 1978 - 2021
Ukraine 99.8 7 2001 - 2021
Latvia 99.77 8 1989 - 2021
Croatia 99.75 9 1991 - 2021
UA Emirates 99.72 10 1975 - 2022
Brunei 99.71 11 1981 - 2021
Moldova 99.7 12 1989 - 2021
Portugal 99.68 13 1981 - 2021
Macao 99.62 14 1981 - 2021
Maldives 99.51 15 1977 - 2021
Bolivia 99.5 16 1976 - 2021
Romania 99.5 17 1992 - 2021
Costa Rica 99.46 18 1984 - 2021
Tonga 99.3 19 1976 - 2021
Malta 99.29 20 1985 - 2021
Jordan 99.27 21 1979 - 2021
Panama 99.26 22 1980 - 2021
Montenegro 99.17 23 1981 - 2021
Uruguay 99.15 24 1975 - 2021
Suriname 99.1 25 2004 - 2021
Brazil 99.07 26 1980 - 2022
Peru 99.07 27 1981 - 2021
Mauritius 99.04 28 1990 - 2021
Samoa 98.8 29 1991 - 2021
Colombia 98.75 30 1993 - 2021
Sri Lanka 98.71 31 1981 - 2021
Domin. Rep. 98.7 32 1981 - 2022
Hungary 98.5 33 1980 - 2021
Thailand 98.4 34 1980 - 2021
Bulgaria 98.27 35 2001 - 2021
Paraguay 98.06 36 1982 - 2021
Vanuatu 96.6 37 1979 - 2021
Ecuador 96.18 38 1982 - 2022
Fiji 96.11 39 2021 - 2021
South Africa 95.91 40 1980 - 2021
Nepal 95.14 41 1981 - 2021
Namibia 94.46 42 1991 - 2021
Puerto Rico 92.4 43 1980 - 2021
Madagascar 86.92 44 2000 - 2022
R. of Congo 85.19 45 1984 - 2021
Rwanda 83.4 46 1978 - 2021
Mauritania 77.92 47 2000 - 2021
Guinea 71.33 48 1996 - 2021
Afghanistan 71.24 49 1979 - 2021



Definition: Youth literacy rate is the percentage of people ages 15-24 who can both read and write with understanding a short simple statement about their everyday life.

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