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Attitude towards reading and reading habits in Germany 2018-2020

This statistic shows the results of a survey on reading habits and the usage of newspapers, magazines and books in Germany from 2018 to 2020. During the most recent survey period in 2019 it was found that roughly 44 percent of the German-speaking population aged 14 years and older agreed to the statement "I tend to read magazines that interest me very thoroughly, especially longer articles".

Which of these statements about reading and the usage of newspapers, magazines and books apply to you?

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Release date

July 2020



Survey time period

2018 to 2020

Age group

14 years and older

Special properties

German-speaking population

Method of interview

Face-to-face interview

Supplementary notes

Information on base:
German-speaking population aged 14 and older in private households, at main residence in the Federal Republic of Germany.

Information on random sample:
2017: 23,356 respondents, projected to 70.09 million persons
2018: 23,389 respondents, projected to 70.45 million persons
2019: 23,31 respondents, projected to 70.60 million persons
You can find further information on the methodology here.

The original German survey question was phrased by the source as follows: "Welche Aussagen zum Thema Lesen, zur Nutzung von Zeitungen, Zeitschriften und B├╝chern treffen auf Sie zu?"

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