Reading suggestion #6: Nordics the most engaged in culture

Last week EU Observer started a new thematic series: Focus on Culture in Europe. Today Philip Ebels analyses expenditure statistics in Europe. From his article:

“Compared to people from other parts of Europe, Scandinavians are the most inclined to spend their time and money on culture.

The Danes are the biggest spenders. Some 5.5 percent of everything they spend goes into books, films, and other things cultural. They go the cinema more often than any other nation in the EU. In 2006, less than half of Europeans went to see a movie at least once.”

“The Danes are also among the most creative in the EU, together with the Swedes, the Finns and the Latvians. The Swedes and the Finns boast the most artists and creative writers as a share of population.

But it is non-EU members Iceland and Norway who steal the show. Some 3.2 and 2.6 percent of their workforce, respectively, is employed in the cultural sector. The EU average is 1.7 percent.”

“In general in Europe, those in the north are more culturally savvy than those in the south, if statistics are anything to go by. But there are some outliers. Luxembourg is one. After Bulgaria and Greece, its citizens spend less on culture than anybody else in the EU. Its share of cultural workers is well below the average. Malta is another. It scores above average on most indicators. Its citizens do not go to the cinema much, but they study the humanities like no other.”

The complete article is available here.

Statistics on government expenditure on recreation, culture and education by county are available on the website of the Eurostat here.

The Council of Europe also established a monitoring tool “Compendium of Cultural Policies & Trends in Europe” (since 1998) in order to check current policies and practices or develop alternative solutions. Their assessments, statistics and surveys are published on their website. The Intercultural Cities programme, for example, seeks to explore the potential of an intercultural approach to integration in communities with culturally diverse populations. 29 European cities participated in the programme, among which Västerås and Oslo.


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