Sri Lanka Literacy Rate 1981-2020

NOTE: All 2020 and later data are UN projections and DO NOT include any impacts of the COVID-19 virus.
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 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.
  • Sri Lanka literacy rate for 2008 was 90.56%, a 0.25% decline from 2006.
Data Source: World Bank

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Similar Country Ranking
Country Name Literacy Rate
Sri Lanka 91.90%
El Salvador 88.48%
Bangladesh 72.89%
Egypt 71.17%
Sri Lanka Literacy Rate - Historical Data
Year Literacy Rate Annual Change
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%