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Youth literacy rate, ages 15-24, 2020 - Country rankings:

The average for 2020 based on 15 countries was 95.4 percent.The highest value was in Armenia: 99.87 percent and the lowest value was in Mali: 46.16 percent. The indicator is available from 1970 to 2021. Below is a chart for all countries where data are available.

Measure: percent; Source: UNESCO
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Countries Youth literacy rate, ages 15-24, 2020 Global rank Available data
Armenia 99.87 1 1989 - 2020
Indonesia 99.78 2 1980 - 2020
Spain 99.62 3 1981 - 2020
Saudi Arabia 99.5 4 1992 - 2020
Peru 99.44 5 1981 - 2020
Kuwait 99.3 6 1975 - 2020
Palestine 99.23 7 1997 - 2020
North Macedonia 99.09 8 1994 - 2020
Mexico 99.08 9 1980 - 2020
Mongolia 99.07 10 2000 - 2020
Colombia 99.01 11 1993 - 2020
Ecuador 98.77 12 1982 - 2020
Paraguay 98.64 13 1982 - 2020
Bangladesh 94.46 14 1981 - 2020
Mali 46.16 15 1976 - 2020


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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