Sri Lanka Literacy Rate 1981-2021

Adult literacy rate is the percentage of people ages 15 and above who can both read and write with understanding a short simple statement about their everyday life.
  • Sri Lanka literacy rate for 2018 was 91.71%, a 0.19% decline from 2017.
  • Sri Lanka literacy rate for 2017 was 91.90%, a 0.49% decline from 2016.
  • Sri Lanka literacy rate for 2016 was 92.39%, a 1.21% increase from 2010.
  • Sri Lanka literacy rate for 2010 was 91.18%, a 0.62% increase from 2008.
Data Source: World Bank

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Similar Country Ranking
Country Name Literacy Rate
Uzbekistan 99.99%
Kyrgyz Republic 99.59%
Mongolia 98.42%
West Bank and Gaza 97.22%
Indonesia 95.66%
Vietnam 95.00%
Sao Tome and Principe 92.82%
Sri Lanka 91.71%
El Salvador 89.01%
Eswatini 88.42%
Vanuatu 87.51%
Honduras 87.21%
Zambia 86.75%
Kenya 81.54%
Congo, Rep. 80.30%
Ghana 79.04%
Cameroon 77.07%
India 74.37%
Bangladesh 73.91%
Morocco 73.75%
Timor-Leste 68.07%
Nigeria 62.02%
Sudan 60.70%
Sri Lanka Literacy Rate - Historical Data
Year Literacy Rate Annual Change
2018 91.71% -0.19%
2017 91.90% -0.49%
2016 92.39% 1.21%
2010 91.18% 0.62%
2008 90.56% -0.25%
2006 90.81% 0.13%
2001 90.68% 3.90%
1981 86.78% 3.90%