Human Development Data for the Arab States

Adult literacy rate, both sexes (% aged 15 and above)

Percentage of the population ages 15 and older who can, with understanding, both read and write a short simple statement on their everyday life.

Source: UNESCO Institute for Statistics (2011)


Country/Region 1980 1990 2000 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Algeria .. .. .. .. 72.6 .. .. ..
Bahrain .. .. .. .. .. .. .. 91.4
Comoros 47.9 .. 68.5 .. .. .. .. 74.2
Egypt .. .. .. 71.4 66.4 .. .. ..
Iraq .. .. 74.1 .. .. .. .. 78.1
Jordan .. .. .. 91.1 .. 92.2 .. ..
Kuwait 67.5 .. .. 93.3 93.3 94.5 93.9 ..
Lebanon .. .. .. .. .. 89.6 .. ..
Libya .. .. .. .. .. .. .. 88.9
Mauritania .. .. 51.2 .. .. .. .. 57.5
Morocco .. .. .. .. .. .. 55.1 56.1
Occupied Palestinian Territory .. .. .. .. 93.4 93.9 94.1 94.6
Oman .. .. .. .. .. .. 86.6 ..
Qatar .. .. .. .. .. 93.1 94 94.7
Saudi Arabia .. .. 79.4 .. .. .. .. 86.1
Sudan .. .. 61.3 .. .. .. .. 70.2
Syrian Arab Republic .. .. .. .. .. .. .. 84.2
Tunisia .. .. .. .. .. .. 77.6 ..
United Arab Emirates .. .. .. 90 .. .. .. ..
Yemen .. .. .. .. .. .. .. 62.4
Arab States 67.5 .. 70 74.3 69.6 92.3 66.9 73.4
East Asia & Pacific (developing only) 74.1 78.8 90.8 92.2 92 50.6 93 93.7
Europe & Central Asia (developing only) 65.7 79.2 98.4 88.2 88.1 89.9 95.9 97.9
Latin America & Caribbean (developing only) 80 88.1 88 91 89.5 90.9 91.6 93.3
Least Developed Countries: UN classification 27.6 53.4 70.8 31.6 53.1 30.1 77.6 64.2
OECD Members 78.5 84.2 90.5 92 90.3 92.7 94.9 95.7
South Asia .. 96 96.3 61.1 63.4 .. 67.8 56.4
Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only) 62 56 63.5 28.8 53.9 75.7 .. 65.1
World 75.5 79.3 88.5 74.5 71.9 89.7 85.8 88.1


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