National Reading Survey Says Mexico is Second to Last in Reading Among 108 Countries
Genaro Villamil - Proceso
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April 25, 2013

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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