Culture – Overview

Introduction

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What information can I find here?

Culture statistics for the EU are not collected by a single stand-alone survey, but come from different Eurostat data collections. Culture statistics concern both social and economic aspects. Data available in this section cover the following topics:

  • Cultural employment;
  • Characteristics and performance of enterprises engaged in cultural economic activities & sold production of cultural goods;
  • International trade in cultural goods;
  • International trade in cultural services;
  • Cultural participation (practice and attendance) and culture in cities (such as satisfaction with cultural facilities of cities' residents and 'cultural infrastructure');
  • Private (household) expenditure on cultural goods and services;
  • Price index of cultural goods and services;
  • Public (government) expenditure on culture. 

For more detailed information on the data and indicators covered by these topics, please see the page 'Information on data' in this section.

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Highlights

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Visualise cultural employment

What is the share of people in your country working in the cultural sector compared to other EU countries? Use our interactive map to find the answer.

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Read about cultural participation

This Statistics Explained article explores the extent to which Europeans attend or actively take part in cultural activities and outlines the main reasons for not participating. 

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UNESCO World heritage sites

Eurostat publishes some experimental statistics on the online visits on Wikipedia of these sites which measure their popularity.

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Explore Further

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European Commission & Culture

Find more information on EU policies on the website of the Commission dedicated to culture.

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Sport statistics

Have a look at this section on our website dedicated to sport.