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Share of book readers in French-speaking Belgium 2016-2018

Do people still read books in 2018? From a Belgian perspective, it seems most people do. As a matter of fact, from 2016 to 2018, more than eight people out of ten were book readers in the French-speaking part of Belgium.

The survey suggested that 83 percent of individuals read printed books or e-books in 2018. Which also means that 17 percent of them did not read any, regardless of the format.

Share of the population reading books in the French-speaking parts of Belgium from 2016 to 2018

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Release date

June 2018



Survey time period

2016 to 2018

Number of respondents

1,024 respondents

Age group

15 years and older

Supplementary notes

This question was phrased by the source as follows: "Durant l’année écoulée, avez-vous lu ou consulté au moins 1 livre (hors journaux et magazines), que ce soit pour vos loisirs, votre travail ou vos études?" which translates as follows: Over the course of the past year, have you read at least one book (not newspapers nor magazines), regardless if it was as a hobby, for work or for study purposes?

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