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Promoting Reading in Spain


Servicio de Orientacíon de Lectura (SOL)

The Servicio de Orientacíon de Lectura is an initiative of the Federation of Committees of Spanish Publishing Houses, which together with the Germán Sánchez Ruipérez Foundation, and in collaboration with the Dirección General del Libro, the library archives of the Ministry of Education, gave birth to this concept.

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Reading Campaign María Moliner

The aim of the project Campaña de Animación a la Lectura María Moliner is to promote reading in communities with fewer than 50,000 inhabitants. For this, local projects and activities are being designed. These are supported by the Ministry of Culture, the Spanish Federation of Municipalities and Provinces and the Coca-Cola Juan Manuel Sáinz de Vicuña Foundation. The project includes all community members, but focuses particularly on encouraging children and teenagers to begin reading at an early stage.

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Bibliometro – Reading promotion (on the) underground in Madrid

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In Madrid, a simple but nonetheless effective means of promoting reading has existed since 2005: Bibliometro. This is a small library that is situated where thousands of commuters in Madrid spend their time, that is in the underground stations. The municipality of Madrid co-operates with the public libraries and thus intends to bring the world of books closer to the citizens’ spheres of life. This goal can be achieved, as the initiative has been highly successful since 2005. The service, Bibliometro, is [ ... ]  

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More Information

Total population
47 370 542

Spanish (official)
Basque, Catalan, Galician, Occitan (recognized regional languages)

Literacy rate
(age 15 or over who can read)

Total: 97.7%
Male: 98.5%
Female: 97%

Functional illiteracy
(de facto)
no data

Educational indicators
Primary (net) enrolment: 97%
Secondary (net) enrolment: 91%
Tertiary (gros) enrolment: 77%
School life expectancy: 17.1 years

Government expenditure
10.9% goes to education

Unemployment (age 15-24)

CIA World Fact Book, Human Development Report, UNESCO Institute for Statistics, Wikipedia