Human Development Data for the Arab States

Literacy rate, adult total (% of people ages 15 and above)

Adult literacy rate is the percentage of people ages 15 and above who can, with understanding, read and write a short, simple statement on their everyday life.

Source: United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Institute for Statistics.


Country/Region 1980 1990 2000 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Algeria .. .. .. 71.9 72.6 .. .. ..
Bahrain .. .. .. .. .. .. .. 91.4
Comoros 47.9 .. 68.5 .. .. .. .. 74.2
Iraq .. .. 74.1 .. .. .. .. 78.1
Jordan .. .. .. 91.1 91.7 92.2 .. ..
Kuwait 67.5 .. .. 93.3 93.3 94.5 93.9 ..
Lebanon .. .. .. .. .. 89.6 .. ..
Mauritania .. .. 51.2 .. .. .. .. 57.5
Morocco .. .. .. 53 53.7 54.4 55.1 56.1
Occupied Palestinian Territory .. .. .. 92.9 93.4 93.9 94.1 94.6
Oman .. .. .. .. .. .. 86.6 ..
Qatar .. .. .. 90.4 91.7 93.1 94 94.7
Saudi Arabia .. .. 79.4 .. .. .. .. 86.1
Sudan .. .. 60.9 .. .. .. .. 70.2
Syrian Arab Republic .. .. .. .. .. .. .. 84.2
Tunisia .. .. .. 75.1 76 76.8 77.6 ..
United Arab Emirates .. .. .. 90 .. .. .. ..
East Asia & Pacific (developing only) .. 79.8 90.8 .. .. .. .. 93.5
Europe & Central Asia (developing only) .. 95.6 97.2 .. .. .. .. 97.9
Latin America & Caribbean (developing only) .. 84.2 89.6 .. .. .. .. 91.1
South Asia .. 46.5 57.9 .. .. .. .. 61.1
Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only) .. 53.1 57.4 .. .. .. .. 62.3
World .. 75.7 81.8 .. .. .. .. 83.7


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