Adult Illiteracy Rates (15 Years & Over) in the Middle East

Some 774 million adults worldwide (age 15 and over) can't read, according to the Global Campaign for Education. Here's how the Middle East countries' illiteracy rates rank.

Middle East Illiteracy Rates

RankCountryIlliteracy rate (%)
1Afghanistan72
2Pakistan50
3Mauritania49
4Morocco48
5Yemen46
6Sudan39
7Djibouti32
8Algeria30
9Iraq26
10Tunisia25.7
11Egypt28
12Comoros25
13Syria19
14Oman18
15Iran17.6
16Saudi Arabia17.1
17Libya16
18Bahrain13
19Turkey12.6
20Lebanon12
21U.A.E.11.3
22Qatar11
23Jordan9
24Palestine8
25Kuwait7
26Cyprus3.2
27Israel3
28Azerbaijan1.2
29Armenia1
Sources: United Nations, 2009 World Almanac, The Economist
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