Penetration of daily print press consumption in the EU 2011-2018

The number of people in Europe reading newspapers and magazines every day has decreased in recent years. In 2018, around a quarter of Europeans read the written press on a daily basis. In 2012, 37 percent were doing so.

Levels of trust in print media

Why are Europeans turning away from newspapers and magazines? The answer may be that people no longer trust the written press. According to a recent survey, less than half of European citizens tend to trust the written press. In some countries, levels of trust are even lower. In Greece, for example, just 27 percent of respondents said they tend to trust the written press, and 28 percent in the UK said the same.

Online news in the EU

If people are no longer getting news from print media, where are they turning to? It would seem that many are going online to find it. In the EU, the share of citizens reading news on the internet has increased yearly, and it is hard to see this trend changing anytime soon.  

Share of respondents who read the written press every day or almost every day in the European Union (EU 28) from 2011 to 2018

Share of respondents
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Release date

May 2019



Survey time period

2011 to 2018**

Number of respondents


Age group

15 years and older

Supplementary notes

* n (2012) = 26,622, n (2013) = 27,829, n (2014) = 27,901, n (2015) = 27,681, n (2016) = 27,705, n (2017) = 28,055, n (2018) = 27,424.
** Dates of survey were, November 2011, November 3-18, 2012, November 2-17, 2013, November 8-17, 2014, November 7-17, 2015 and November 3-16, 2016, November 5-19, 2017, November 8-22, 2018..
This question was phrased by the source as follows: "Could you tell me to what extent you..."
This statistic only shows the share of respondents that replied, "Every day/almost every day".
Figures for years previous to 2018 were published earlier by the source.

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