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Culture and leisure time

An overview


Household spending for cultural consumption is one of the key indicators identified by the Eu for assessing policies for the long-term development of living conditions and  welfare. Italian households on average dedicated 6.6% of total final consumption expenditure to recreation and culture (Year 2015).

In 2017 the rate of book readers remained unchanged, and nearly half of them read a maximum of 3 books a year. Book reading was mostly widespread among young people aged 11-19 years and women.

In 2016, 35.8% of printed books were also spread in e-book format, but in 2017 only 8.1% of Internet users used the network to access digital books and people aged 18-19 years were the major users.


Newspaper readers continued to decrease in 2017. The propensity to read was higher among adults, particularly men. Compared to 2016, also the percentage of individuals reading newspapers, news and magazines on the Internet decreased. The phenomenon is more widespread among males, and in the 25-34 age group (50.6%).


In 2017 the propensity to practice sport was higher among men than women, but still involved just one third of the population aged 3 and over; only one in four people took part in sport on a regular basis.