Wikipedia: This list of countries by of electrification rate sorts countries by the share of their inhabitants with access to electricity. Access to electricity is considered one of the prerequisites for a modern life. In 2017, 88.8% of the world population had access to electricity. Worldwide, there are major differences between urban and rural regions in the degree of electrification. These numbers do not mean that electricity is available all the time. In some countries, it may be available only part time.