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Share of people having read a book in the past year in the Netherlands 2017-2019

This statistic shows the responses to the survey question: "Have you read a book in the past year?" In January 2019, 83 percent of the respondents reported to read a book at least once in the last 12 months. This was the highest reported number in the period between 2017 and 2019.

Have you read a book in the past year?*

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Release date

May 2019



Survey time period

January 2017 to January 2019

Number of respondents


Age group

13 years and older

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Method of interview

Computer-assisted web interviews (CAWI)

Supplementary notes

* This question was phrased by the source as follows: "Heeft u in de afgelopen 12 maanden geheel of gedeeltelijk een boek (papieren dan wel e-books) gelezen?" (English: Have you read a book (paper or e-books) in the past 12 months, partly or completely?)

** June 2018 N = 1,200, January 2018 N = 1,206, June 2017 N = 1,210, January 2017 N = 1,282.

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