Latvians at EU average for spending on culture

According to the lates data published by Eurostat December 11, in 2020 private households in the European Union (EU) spent, on average, an estimated 2.6 % of their total expenditure on cultural goods and services. For Latvia, the figure was exactly the same at 2.6 %.

The share of culture-related expenditure in total household consumption spending varied considerably across the EU Member States. Several factors might impact this share, including household income, price levels, the ease of access to cultural venues, national cultural policies, and habits.

In 2020, 8 countries recorded a share of cultural expenditure in total household budgets above the average among the 22 EU Member States with available data. The highest percentage of the household budget spent on cultural purposes was in Denmark (3.9 %). By contrast, in 13 countries the share was below the EU average, with the smallest share in Greece (1.3 %).

Among the Baltic states, Latvia was actually the biggest spender, narrowly ahead of Estonia (2.4 %) but some way ahead of Lithuania, which recorded a surprisingly low 1.5 %. 


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