National Reading Survey Says Mexico is Second to Last in Reading Among 108 Countries
Out of 108 nations on UNESCO's index of reading, Mexico ranks second to last.
Mexicans read an average of 2.8 books a year, and only 2% of the population has the lifelong habit of reading, while in Spain people read 7.5 books a year and in Germany it is 12.
In Mexico there is only one library per 15,000 inhabitants and a bookstore for every 200,000, according to the National Reading Survey of 2012, cited by the Senate upon forming a commission to promote this activity.
In contrast, 41% of the population spends their free time watching television, the National Reading Survey says, while less than 12% spend it reading. Among young people 12-17 years old, 30% say they do not like reading, 61% that they "don't have time" and 48% say they have never been to a library.
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