Nearly four-fifths of Czechs read at least one book a year. Ten or more books can be read by 22 percent of people at the same time. This results from data for 2016, collected by the Czech Statistical Office (CZSO) and published by Statistics & My magazine. The share of readers in younger age groups has been increasing in recent years.
While in 2011 at least one book read by 68 percent of the Czech population, their share grew to 73 percent last year. In about a third of cases, people reached one to four books.
In terms of age, the most active readers were among the students. “Only ten percent of students older than 18 years said they did not read any books in 2016,” explains Dedera, of the CZSO’s Department of Statistics, Health, Culture and Social Security.
According to statistics, it is only possible to speculate how many of these books have been read in the framework of compulsory study reading. As for the love of literature, seniors are also very well. Ten and more books were read by every fourth pensioner under the age of 69 in 2016.
“In retirement, people seem to find their way to reading again, which may be due to more leisure time,” Dedera said. Not only for writers or booksellers, there is a positive finding that young people are interested in reading. For people aged 18-24, it increased by nine percentage points between 2011 and 2016.