Czechs Spend More Time Reading than Any Other European Nation

A newly released study says people in the Czech Republic read more than anywhere else in Europe as well a number of other nations in the world Staff Jason Pirodsky

Written by StaffJason Pirodsky Published on 02.11.2017 14:32:24 (updated on 02.11.2017) Reading time: 1 minute

We know from a 2016 survey that the Czech Republic has some of the most libraries per capita in the world and that as of last July, job perks for Czech book lovers have grown to include employer contributions toward the purchase of books.

Now a newly released study says that Czechs spend more time reading than any other country in Europe and a number of other nations in the world.

The NOP World Culture Score Index puts the Czech Republic at #6 on a list of thirty countries ranked according to how many hours they read per week.

India is the country that reads the most, with its citizens burying their nose in a book for over 10 hours per week per person. Thailand and China came in second and third, logging 9.24 and 8 hours per week respectively.

The Czech Republic clocks 7:24 hours of weekly reading, coming in after Philippines (#4) and Egypt (#5).

The ranking doesn’t seem to reflect a nation’s literacy as European countries like Finland, Norway, and Denmark, long known for high literacy rates and top-tier school systems, didn’t break into the top ten.

What are your favorite places for reading and shopping for books in Prague and the Czech Republic?

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