How much do people in Serbia read?

According to the data collated by the State Statistics Office, Serbian book publishers released 12,470 new book titles in 2022 (the latest available data).

That is quite a satisfactory amount of books for a country with a population of 6.6 million, of which 38,000 are completely illiterate and at least two or three times as many are elementary literate (they know how to read or sign their name, but neither can write or read).

Given that research on readership and reading is almost non-existent, it is only common sense to conclude that publishers would not produce as many books as they did if there was no interest.

The attendance at the Belgrade Book Fair also proves that reading is making a comeback –  last October, the attendance was 191,441.

As for libraries, according to the latest available data, there are 1,988 of them in Serbia and they have 1,377,797 members.

The recently published results of the PISA test showed that Serbia, unfortunately, lags behind many countries in education as 11 percent of high school students are functionally illiterate when it comes to reading and that functional illiteracy goes up to 95 percent in certain vocational schools.

The fewest number of illiterate students are found among general high school and grammar school students – about 16 percent of them are considered illiterate in mathematics and 11 percent in reading, followed by four-year vocational schools (the percentage ranges from 38 to 72 in mathematics and 24 to 64 percent in reading) and, finally, there are three-year vocational school students where, on average, between 79 and even 95 percent of children do not even reach the basic level of literacy in both reading and mathematics.

(Vreme, 23.04.2024)

https://vreme.com/kultura/da-li-srbi-zaista-vole-da-citaju/

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