* indicates monthly or quarterly data series

Youth literacy rate, ages 15-24, 2021:

The average for 2021 based on 49 countries was 95.8 percent. The highest value was in Uzbekistan: 100 percent and the lowest value was in Afghanistan: 55.93 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 Youth literacy rate, ages 15-24, 2021 Global rank Available data
Uzbekistan 100 1 2000 - 2022
Estonia 99.99 2 1989 - 2021
Lithuania 99.95 3 1989 - 2021
Russia 99.92 4 1989 - 2021
Cyprus 99.9 5 1992 - 2021
Poland 99.9 6 1978 - 2021
Ukraine 99.9 7 2001 - 2021
Latvia 99.82 8 1989 - 2021
Macao 99.79 9 1981 - 2021
Brunei 99.77 10 1981 - 2021
Croatia 99.76 11 1991 - 2021
Portugal 99.71 12 1981 - 2021
Moldova 99.7 13 1989 - 2021
UA Emirates 99.66 14 1975 - 2022
Costa Rica 99.53 15 1984 - 2021
Bolivia 99.52 16 1976 - 2021
Romania 99.5 17 1992 - 2021
Malta 99.45 18 1985 - 2021
Maldives 99.43 19 1977 - 2021
Jordan 99.42 20 1979 - 2021
Tonga 99.4 21 1976 - 2021
Mauritius 99.3 22 1990 - 2021
Brazil 99.28 23 1980 - 2022
Panama 99.25 24 1980 - 2021
Uruguay 99.18 25 1975 - 2021
Peru 99.12 26 1981 - 2021
Samoa 99.1 27 1991 - 2021
Colombia 99.05 28 1993 - 2021
Montenegro 99.05 29 1981 - 2021
Sri Lanka 98.93 30 1981 - 2021
Suriname 98.9 31 2004 - 2021
Domin. Rep. 98.84 32 1981 - 2022
Thailand 98.8 33 1980 - 2021
Hungary 98.7 34 1980 - 2021
Paraguay 98.63 35 1982 - 2021
Bulgaria 98.06 36 2001 - 2021
Fiji 97.58 37 2021 - 2021
Vanuatu 96.9 38 1979 - 2021
South Africa 96.7 39 1980 - 2021
Ecuador 96.33 40 1982 - 2022
Namibia 95.55 41 1991 - 2021
Nepal 94.18 42 1981 - 2021
Puerto Rico 92.4 43 1980 - 2021
Rwanda 86.9 44 1978 - 2021
Madagascar 84.43 45 2000 - 2022
R. of Congo 82.36 46 1984 - 2021
Mauritania 76.49 47 2000 - 2021
Guinea 60.33 48 1996 - 2021
Afghanistan 55.93 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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