Readership of foreign newspapers and magazines in Germany in 2019, by language

Almost ten percent of Germans read newspapers and/ or magazines in English in 2019. The data is based on a survey conducted in the country among members of the population aged 14 years and older. English was the most popular choice in 2019, followed by an equal share of readers for French and Turkish.

Do you read foreign-language newspapers and/or magazines and if so, in which language?

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Release date

July 2019



Survey time period


Age group

14 years and older

Special properties

German-speaking population

Method of interview

Face-to-face interview

Supplementary notes

Information on the main unit:
Base: German-speaking population aged 14 years and older in private households with the main place of residence in the Federal Republic of Germany

Information on total sample:
2017: 23,356 respondents, projection to 70.09 million persons
2018: 23,389 respondents, projection to 70.45 million persons
2019: 23,813 respondents, projection to 70.60 million persons

Further information on methodology available here.

This question was asked during the survey in the following wording: „Does it happen sometimes that you read foreign-language newspapers and/ or magazines, by which I mean only newspapers and magazines, which are not published in German, or does this not happen in your case? (In case of further enquiries: printed foreign-language newspapers and/ or magazines are meant, not reading the newspaper online!) If yes: And in which language do your read these newspapers and/ or magazines?"

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