Penetration of daily print press consumption in the EU 2011-2019

The number of people in Europe reading newspapers and magazines every day has decreased in recent years. In 2019, around a quarter of Europeans read the written press on a daily basis. In 2012, 37 percent were doing so.

Levels of trust in print media

Why are Europeans turning away from newspapers and magazines? The answer may be that people no longer trust the written press. According to a recent survey, less than half of European citizens tend to trust the written press. In some countries, levels of trust are even lower. In the UK, for example, just 15 percent of respondents said they tend to trust the written press, and 29 percent in Greece said the same.

Online news in the EU

If people are no longer getting news from print media, where are they turning to? It would seem that many are going online to find it. In the EU, the share of citizens reading news on the internet has increased yearly, and it is hard to see this trend changing anytime soon.  

Share of respondents who read the written press every day or almost every day in the European Union (EU 28) from 2011 to 2019

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Release date

March 2020



Survey time period

2011 to 2019**

Number of respondents


Age group

15 years and older

Supplementary notes

* n (2012) = 26,622, n (2013) = 27,829, n (2014) = 27,901, n (2015) = 27,681, n (2016) = 27,705, n (2017) = 28,055, n (2018) = 27,424, n (2019) = 27,382
** Dates of survey were, November 2011, November 3-18, 2012, November 2-17, 2013, November 8-17, 2014, November 7-17, 2015, November 3-16, 2016, November 5-19, 2017, November 8-22, 2018, November 14-29, 2019
This question was phrased by the source as follows: "Could you tell me to what extent you..."
This statistic only shows the share of respondents that replied, "Every day/almost every day".
Figures for years prior to 2019 were published earlier by the source.

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