Which nation reads the most?


According to the NOP World Culture Score Index, readers in India are making the rest of us look bad. Australia came in at 15 and the US at 22.

Hours reading per week per person

1. India — 10 hours, 42 minutes
2. Thailand — 9:24
3. China — 8:00
4. Philippines — 7:36
5. Egypt — 7:30
6. Czech Republic — 7:24
7. Russia — 7:06
8. Sweden — 6:54
8. France — 6:54
10. Hungary — 6:48
10. Saudi Arabia — 6:48
12. Hong Kong — 6:42
13. Poland — 6:30
14. Venezuela — 6:24
15. South Africa — 6:18
15. Australia — 6:18
17. Indonesia — 6:00
18. Argentina — 5:54
18. Turkey — 5:54
20. Spain — 5:48
20. Canada — 5:48
22. Germany — 5:42
22. USA — 5:42
24. Italy — 5:36
25. Mexico — 5:30
26. U.K. — 5:18
27. Brazil — 5:12
28. Taiwan — 5:00
29. Japan — 4:06
30. Korea — 3:06
>[Source: World Culture Score Index, via @Amazing_Maps]


11 thoughts on “Which nation reads the most?

  1. Reading is such blessed activity. It opens the gates to imagination. The visual media is killing our ability to imagine, to create our own characters, paint our own landscapes. Watching TV takes all of it away. It leaves no room to imagine what a person like, what a place like. We see the set and the actors and that becomes our implied reality. We are robbed of the most important aspect of our selfs, creativity. I encourage everyone to sit with a book in quiet space and read. To get involved fully in the texts you reading, to free your imagination to create the setting, people and everything the book speaks to the reader about. Forget the reviews and what others said about. Read for yourself only. Be annoed if you interrupted. Books are treasures. Gifts from few able to write a story.
    In our “modern” world we dismiss so many useful things of the past. Virtual reality is not the answer to life. Cyber space is not the saviour of humanity, more likely it’s downfall. There is nothing virtual about life. Just look nature, watch the bees making themselves busy to care for the beehive. Birds courting in spring, preparing to build nests and offspring.
    Use technology in its useful place, but never loose touch with what is real to us. Somehow we must get ourselves out of the hypnotism of our gadgets, our un-reality and return to caring beings again. Am I such lonly voice in the wilderness? Feel you heart, free it from the shekels of your mind. Let your heart tell you about things that are beautiful and lovely. You will be surprised. Life has so much beauty if we let it happen. Our own judgements prevent us from seeing it.
    My blessing to all.


    • I was encouraged to read as a child. Neighboring children weren’t, they were told to get out and experience nature and real life. 🙂


      • Golly Strewth,
        I recall that I was just desperate to learn to read when a little kid. The first day at school, I came home very disappointed and told the family – ‘I cant read yet!’ eventually though, did became a book worm, like my brother.



      • I read my first novel when I was 14. So did my sister even though we didn’t grow up together. Must have been a clause written into our DNA.


      • I started reading the usual childrens books at age six, and i read 1984 at age 11 because I thought it was a cool scifi book. Don’t wanna rain on anyones parade but I think it’s kinda sad when people think that reading airport fodder is some sort of an achievement … at age 14….


  2. Did they differentiate between fiction and non-fiction? I can see fiction being read less where life is hard, education is lower; and conversely where there is entertainment available on screen, in theatres, and computer games are popular.

    As for non-fiction, there are a great number of scientific articles on screen, there are forums and blogs. I wonder where these fall in the study.

    Also e-books.


  3. A couple of comments. First, I couldn’t have put it better than “fossell” and he covered it very well, so I won’t repeat his words. But don’t forget newspapers/magazines (of the reliable and informative type). I read and/or scan 3-4 newspapers (online) each day – two Australian, one American, one British. The “colour” pieces and opinion pieces of many of their major contributors often border on the brilliant! However, it must be said that a good book is irreplaceable by any modern technological means of sharing a story. The feel of a book, the smell, the sound of a turning page are, to me, essential to the complete enjoyment of reading a novel. I read ‘Lord of the Rings’ in 90 hours, barely sleeping. NOT a good idea, but such was the total immersion that seized me as soon as I began reading page 1 (this was 40 years ago!). No “fossell” your not a ” lonely voice in the wilderness?” There are man such pilgrims. Join a book club perhaps? P.S. I think you meant “Feel you heart, free it from the (you wrote “shekels”) but may I humbly suggest you meant “shackles” of your mind. And blessings to you, too.


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