Estonia leads EU in the ratio of cultural jobs

Estonia has the highest ratio of people employed in culture, according to recently released Eurostat results.

Cultural jobs represent 5.5 percent of the total labor market in Estonia and with this ratio the tiny Baltic country is the clear leader within the European Union, recent data from the EU's statistics office Eurostat show.

Within the EU, some 8.7 million people hold jobs in various cultural sectors, representing on average 3.8 percent of the labor force. Within the Visegrád Group, the ratio was 3.9 percent in the Czech Republic, 3.5 in Poland and 2.9 in Slovakia.

Hungary has seen its cultural employment rate drop 0.3 to 3.3 percent compared to 2016, just like Bulgaria, although the drop was just 0.1 percent compared to the previous year, when cultural employment hit the 2.8 percent mark.

In 2017, almost 60 percent of people working in culture in the EU had a higher education, almost double the percentage in the overall economy.

Cultural employment

Cultural employment relates to activities such as creative arts, entertainment activities, libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural activities, publishing of books, periodicals, printing, programming and broadcasting activities, motion picture, video and television program production, sound recording, and specialized design activities.

In terms of occupation, writers, musicians, journalists, actors, dancers, librarians, handicraft workers, and graphic designers all fit into this category.

Title image: the Estonian National Philharmonic Orchestra

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