Percentage of Circumcised Men

Circumcision, a historic and widely practiced custom, attracts quite diversified views worldwide, ranging from religious adherence and health benefits to controversies surrounding human rights. Amidst these perspectives, the prevalence of circumcision varies greatly from one country to another. The United States showcases a notably high incidence of circumcision, with 80.5% of men being circumcised. This ranking positions the U.S. significantly above most European countries but below several countries in the Middle East and Africa. These discrepancies underscore the influence of diverse cultural, religious, and medical beliefs on this practice. Key findings from the data include:

- The prevalence of circumcision is extremely high in several countries, particularly those with a strong Islamic influence. Countries like Morocco, Palestine, and Afghanistan have circumcision rates of virtually 100%.
- In contrast, some countries have very low rates of circumcision, substantially below 1%. These include various nations in both Europe (such as Poland and Iceland) and Latin America (including Ecuador and Guatemala).
- While the U.S. figure of 80.5% is high in global terms, several countries outpace it. Notable examples include many nations in both the Middle East (such as Iraq and Turkey) and Africa (including Gabon and Nigeria).
- More broadly, the data reveals substantial regional patterns related to religion, culture, and tradition. The highest rates of circumcision tend to be in predominantly Muslim countries, while rates are much lower in a number of predominantly Christian nations. It's important to treat these global trends with nuance, understanding the multitude of factors contributing to these figures. With this data in hand, we bring clarity to the diverse practice of circumcision globally, enabling readers to appreciate how these trends translate into the broader world of public health, religion, and cultural norms.

Circumcision is a common practice in many countries around the world, particularly for cultural, religious, and health reasons. 10 Countries with Highest Circumcision Rates (% of men circumcised):

- Morocco - 99.9% of men
- Palestine - 99.9% of men
- Afghanistan - 99.8% of men
- Tunisia - 99.8% of men
- Iran - 99.7% of men
- Western Sahara - 99.6% of men
- Comoros - 99.4% of men
- Mauritania - 99.2% of men
- Gabon - 99.2% of men
- Yemen - 99.0% of men The prevalence of circumcision in these countries can be attributed to various factors, including religious beliefs, cultural practices, and the societal perception of circumcision as a mark of cleanliness or initiation into manhood. However, practices and viewpoints vary widely across regions and communities within these countries.

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99.8%

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% of Circumcised Men

47.7%

#85

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% of Circumcised Men

97.9%

#18

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% of Circumcised Men

95.0%

#36

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% of Circumcised Men

1.1%

#150

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% of Circumcised Men

57.5%

#79

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% of Circumcised Men

0.3%

#172

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% of Circumcised Men

0.6%

#160

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% of Circumcised Men

2.9%

#141

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% of Circumcised Men

0.1%

#196

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% of Circumcised Men

0.5%

#162

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% of Circumcised Men

58.0%

#78

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% of Circumcised Men

5.8%

#129

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% of Circumcised Men

98.5%

#16

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% of Circumcised Men

0.2%

#178

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% of Circumcised Men

81.2%

#65

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% of Circumcised Men

93.2%

#49

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% of Circumcised Men

0.9%

#154

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% of Circumcised Men

0.3%

#167

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% of Circumcised Men

22.6%

#96

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% of Circumcised Men

0.1%

#197

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% of Circumcised Men

92.9%

#50

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% of Circumcised Men

0.8%

#157

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% of Circumcised Men

1.0%

#152

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% of Circumcised Men

0.1%

#187

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% of Circumcised Men

15.1%

#104

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% of Circumcised Men

1.3%

#146

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% of Circumcised Men

1.2%

#148

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% of Circumcised Men

51.9%

#83

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% of Circumcised Men

13.4%

#111

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% of Circumcised Men

61.7%

#75

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% of Circumcised Men

3.5%

#139

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% of Circumcised Men

94.0%

#44

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% of Circumcised Men

31.9%

#90

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% of Circumcised Men

0.2%

#181

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% of Circumcised Men

63.0%

#74

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% of Circumcised Men

73.5%

#71

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% of Circumcised Men

0.2%

#174

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% of Circumcised Men

14.0%

#106

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% of Circumcised Men

99.4%

#7

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% of Circumcised Men

95.0%

#38

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% of Circumcised Men

0.2%

#176

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% of Circumcised Men

1.3%

#147

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% of Circumcised Men

0.1%

#188

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% of Circumcised Men

0.1%

#200

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% of Circumcised Men

22.7%

#95

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% of Circumcised Men

0.1%

#190

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% of Circumcised Men

97.2%

#20

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% of Circumcised Men

5.3%

#131

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% of Circumcised Men

96.5%

#26

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% of Circumcised Men

0.2%

#180

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% of Circumcised Men

13.7%

#109

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% of Circumcised Men

0.1%

#185

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% of Circumcised Men

94.7%

#41

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% of Circumcised Men

0.1%

#194

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% of Circumcised Men

87.0%

#61

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% of Circumcised Men

97.2%

#21

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% of Circumcised Men

0.3%

#168

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% of Circumcised Men

92.2%

#53

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% of Circumcised Men

55.0%

#81

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% of Circumcised Men

0.8%

#156

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% of Circumcised Men

14.0%

#107

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% of Circumcised Men

78.0%

#67

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% of Circumcised Men

99.2%

#9

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% of Circumcised Men

94.5%

#43

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% of Circumcised Men

10.6%

#116

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% of Circumcised Men

6.7%

#123

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% of Circumcised Men

91.6%

#57

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% of Circumcised Men

6.0%

#127

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% of Circumcised Men

4.7%

#134

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% of Circumcised Men

0.1%

#204

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% of Circumcised Men

0.3%

#170

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% of Circumcised Men

95.0%

#34

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% of Circumcised Men

0.1%

#186

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% of Circumcised Men

84.2%

#64

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% of Circumcised Men

93.3%

#48

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% of Circumcised Men

12.0%

#113

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% of Circumcised Men

6.2%

#126

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% of Circumcised Men

0.1%

#189

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% of Circumcised Men

28.0%

#91

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% of Circumcised Men

0.8%

#155

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% of Circumcised Men

0.1%

#198

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% of Circumcised Men

13.5%

#110

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% of Circumcised Men

92.5%

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99.7%

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98.9%

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% of Circumcised Men

0.9%

#153

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% of Circumcised Men

0.2%

#179

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% of Circumcised Men

91.7%

#56

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% of Circumcised Men

2.6%

#142

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% of Circumcised Men

96.7%

#23

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% of Circumcised Men

14.0%

#108

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% of Circumcised Men

9.0%

#119

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% of Circumcised Men

98.8%

#14

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% of Circumcised Men

56.4%

#80

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% of Circumcised Men

91.2%

#58

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% of Circumcised Men

0.1%

#202

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% of Circumcised Men

86.4%

#62

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% of Circumcised Men

91.9%

#54

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% of Circumcised Men

0.1%

#191

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% of Circumcised Men

0.4%

#164

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% of Circumcised Men

59.7%

#77

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% of Circumcised Men

52.0%

#82

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% of Circumcised Men

97.7%

#19

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% of Circumcised Men

96.6%

#24

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% of Circumcised Men

4.8%

#133

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% of Circumcised Men

0.2%

#177

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% of Circumcised Men

2.4%

#143

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% of Circumcised Men

94.7%

#42

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% of Circumcised Men

21.6%

#97

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% of Circumcised Men

61.4%

#76

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% of Circumcised Men

98.4%

#17

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% of Circumcised Men

86.0%

#63

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% of Circumcised Men

0.3%

#169

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% of Circumcised Men

0.1%

#206

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% of Circumcised Men

99.2%

#8

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% of Circumcised Men

16.6%

#101

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% of Circumcised Men

15.4%

#103

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% of Circumcised Men

0.1%

#203

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% of Circumcised Men

0.5%

#161

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% of Circumcised Men

0.5%

#163

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% of Circumcised Men

4.4%

#135

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% of Circumcised Men

18.5%

#100

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% of Circumcised Men

0.1%

#209

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% of Circumcised Men

99.9%

#1

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% of Circumcised Men

47.4%

#86

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% of Circumcised Men

25.5%

#93

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% of Circumcised Men

95.0%

#39

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% of Circumcised Men

4.2%

#136

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% of Circumcised Men

5.7%

#130

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% of Circumcised Men

50.0%

#84

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% of Circumcised Men

33.0%

#89

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% of Circumcised Men

0.1%

#192

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% of Circumcised Men

95.5%

#29

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% of Circumcised Men

98.9%

#12

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% of Circumcised Men

95.0%

#40

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% of Circumcised Men

0.1%

#184

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% of Circumcised Men

90.0%

#59

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% of Circumcised Men

3.0%

#140

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% of Circumcised Men

87.7%

#60

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% of Circumcised Men

96.4%

#27

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% of Circumcised Men

95.0%

#37

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% of Circumcised Men

99.9%

#2

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% of Circumcised Men

1.0%

#151

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% of Circumcised Men

10.1%

#117

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% of Circumcised Men

0.1%

#193

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% of Circumcised Men

3.7%

#137

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% of Circumcised Men

91.7%

#55

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% of Circumcised Men

0.1%

#183

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% of Circumcised Men

0.6%

#158

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% of Circumcised Men

0.1%

#195

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% of Circumcised Men

77.5%

#68

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% of Circumcised Men

70.0%

#73

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% of Circumcised Men

0.3%

#166

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% of Circumcised Men

11.8%

#115

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% of Circumcised Men

13.3%

#112

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% of Circumcised Men

0.3%

#171

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% of Circumcised Men

0.1%

#201

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% of Circumcised Men

0.1%

#208

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% of Circumcised Men

0.2%

#182

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% of Circumcised Men

1.7%

#145

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95.0%

#33

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% of Circumcised Men

0.1%

#207

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% of Circumcised Men

0.1%

#199

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% of Circumcised Men

97.1%

#22

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% of Circumcised Men

93.5%

#46

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% of Circumcised Men

3.7%

#138

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% of Circumcised Men

1.1%

#149

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% of Circumcised Men

96.1%

#28

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% of Circumcised Men

14.9%

#105

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% of Circumcised Men

0.2%

#175

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% of Circumcised Men

8.5%

#121

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% of Circumcised Men

95.0%

#31

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% of Circumcised Men

93.5%

#45

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% of Circumcised Men

44.7%

#87

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% of Circumcised Men

77.0%

#69

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% of Circumcised Men

23.6%

#94

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% of Circumcised Men

6.6%

#124

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% of Circumcised Men

8.5%

#120

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% of Circumcised Men

39.4%

#88

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% of Circumcised Men

15.9%

#102

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% of Circumcised Men

5.1%

#132

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% of Circumcised Men

5.9%

#128

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% of Circumcised Men

92.8%

#51

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% of Circumcised Men

8.3%

#122

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99.0%

#11

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% of Circumcised Men

72.0%

#72

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% of Circumcised Men

11.9%

#114

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6.4%

#125

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95.2%

#30

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95.0%

#35

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99.8%

#4

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% of Circumcised Men

98.6%

#15

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% of Circumcised Men

93.4%

#47

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% of Circumcised Men

0.1%

#205

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% of Circumcised Men

26.7%

#92

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% of Circumcised Men

2.3%

#144

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% of Circumcised Men

76.0%

#70

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% of Circumcised Men

20.7%

#99

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% of Circumcised Men

80.5%

#66

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% of Circumcised Men

0.6%

#159

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% of Circumcised Men

96.5%

#25

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% of Circumcised Men

95.0%

#32

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% of Circumcised Men

0.1%

#210

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% of Circumcised Men

0.3%

#165

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% of Circumcised Men

0.2%

#173

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% of Circumcised Men

99.6%

#6

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% of Circumcised Men

99.0%

#10

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% of Circumcised Men

21.6%

#98

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% of Circumcised Men

9.2%

#118

Estimation of Country-specific and Global Prevalence of Male Circumcision - National Library of Medicine