Two-thirds (66.5%) of the population aged 16 or over in the European Union (EU) went to at least one cultural or sports event in 2015. That means that 1 in 3 persons did not go to the cinema, visit a cultural site or museum and did not attend a live performance or sports event.
Overall in the EU, a larger percentage of the population aged 16 or over went to cultural events than sports events. While over 40% went at least once in that year to the cinema (45.3%), visited a cultural site (42.6%) or attended a live performance (42.0%), less than a third went to a sports event (29.7%).
Education level plays a role
Cultural and sports attendance seems to be closely linked to the level of education as the proportion of those who go to a cultural or sports event increases along with their educational level. While less than half (45.4%) of those aged 16 or over with a low education level (at most lower secondary education) participated at least once in any cultural or sports event in 2015, this share increased to 70.2% for those with a medium education level and reached 87.5% when it came to those in the population with a high education level (tertiary education). Tis general correlation between a person's educational level and their attendance at cultural or sports events can be seen for both types of events. However, it is slightly more pronounced for attendance at cultural events.
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Highest participation rate in Sweden, the Netherlands and Denmark
Across the EU Member States in 2015, over 80% of the population aged 16 or over in Sweden (88.8%), the Netherlands (86.5%), Denmark (86.1%) and Finland (84.6%), ahead of Luxembourg (82.7%) and France (80.5%), attended at least once a cultural or sports event. Around three-quarters of the population reported this in Austria (77.9%), the United Kingdom (77.3%), Germany and Ireland (both 77.2%) as well as the Czech Republic (75.6%).
At the opposite end of the scale, less than a third of the population attended a cultural or sports event in Romania (29.6%) and Bulgaria (32.0%), followed at a distance by Croatia (43.7%) and Italy (49.6%).