Published: 27 January 2011

Cultural participation has increased in the 2000s

Attendance of cultural events has increased in the 2000s and differences in it between population groups have evened out. During the past decade, the share of the population aged 10 or over who attend cultural events has grown from 76 to 83 per cent. These data derive from Statistics Finland's Time Use Survey conducted in 2009.

Attendance of cultural events during 12 months in 1999 and 2009, population aged 10 or over, %

Attendance of cultural events during 12 months in 1999 and 2009, population aged 10 or over, %

The most popular cultural events are the cinema and concerts. In the past 10 years, the share of the population having been to concerts has gone up from 37 to 50 per cent. The share of cinema-goers has remained more or less unchanged. One-half of the population aged 10 or over had been to the cinema during the 12 months preceding the survey.

Cultural hobbies 1999 and 2009, population aged 10 or over, %

Cultural hobbies 1999 and 2009, population aged 10 or over, %

Photography is the most popular cultural hobby and the share of those with photography as their hobby has grown strongly in the past 10 years. The shares of those with playing a musical instrument, fine arts or writing as their hobby have remained unchanged.

Women attend cultural events more often than men do and they also have more cultural hobbies. Attendance of cultural events and cultural hobbies are the most widespread among children and young people. Persons aged between 10 and 14 have more creative cultural hobbies than ten years ago.

Differences in cultural participation have narrowed between population groups. Although upper-level salaried employees attend cultural events more than people in other socio-economic groups, do and also have the highest number of cultural hobbies, their interest in cultural hobbies has not, however, increased in the past 10 years. By contrast, self-employed farmers, other self-employed persons, production workers, and distribution and service workers today attend cultural events more than they did 10 years ago. Cultural hobbies have also increased among them.


Source: Time Use Survey 2009, Statistics Finland

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Updated 27.1.2011

Referencing instructions:

Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Time use [e-publication].
Cultural hobbies 1981 - 2009 2009. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 17.9.2019].
Access method: http://www.stat.fi/til/akay/2009/01/akay_2009_01_2011-01-27_tie_001_en.html