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Government spending on recreation, culture & religion

12.09.2018

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General government expenditure on recreation, culture and religion in the European Union (EU) was 1.0 % of GDP in 2016, unchanged from 2015. In the euro area, the figure was slightly higher (1.1 %), also unchanged from 2015. Total expenditure in this area includes spending on sports and recreational facilities, libraries, museums, theatres, broadcasting services and facilities for religious and other community services.

Graph: Government spending on recreation, culture and religion

 

In 2016, the Member States with the highest government expenditure on recreation, culture and religion, as a percentage of GDP, were Hungary (3.3 %), Estonia (2.1 %), Croatia and Denmark (both 1.8 %). The Member States with the lowest government expenditure in this area were Ireland (0.5 %), United Kingdom (0.6 %), followed by Greece, Italy and Portugal (all 0.8 %).

The source data set is here.

A background article on government expenditure on recreation, culture and religion is available here.

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