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No Electricity Access Rural Population

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This map shows where people who have no electricity supplied to their homes live. Electricity access includes that sourced from a publicly used grid and self-generated electricity (possibly from solar, wind or hydroelectric sources). This map shows access, not the quantities of electricity used.

There still exist 20 countries where more than 90 per cent of the rural population has  no access to electricity in their own homes. All of these countries are in Africa, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, less than 1 per cent of the rural population has access to electricity compared to 42 per cent of their urban population, followed by Sierra Leone, Liberia and Burundi. In absolute numbers most people without access to electricity are living in India, more than 250 million, followed by Ethiopia and Nigeria.

Electricity in homes can be used to power lighting, heating, cooking, radios, televisions, computers, washing machines, and other appliances.


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Technical Notes

Territory size shows the proportion of all rural populations with no access to electrical power in their homes living there in 2014.

Data sources
This map uses data by the United Nations Statistics Division’s SDG Indicators Global Database [Indicator 7.1.1] (last accessed March 2018). We aim to map as complete data as possible and therefore estimate data for missing values. In some cases, missing data for very small territories is not used in the cartogram and that area is therefore omitted in the map.

Further notes on the data, as well as all modifications to the original data source are noted in our data sheets. Data for this map will soon be available as a download.

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