NEWS | 10 Mar 2016

Cultural Activities in Sweden

Education has a great impact on people’s cultural habits, women are more culturally active than men, and the youngest age groups are the most culturally active on the whole. These are some of the findings presented in a report by the Swedish Agency for Cultural Policy Analysis.

Almost everyone is engaged in cultural activities, but there are variations as to what kind of culture and how often, according to a report based on material from the 2014 SOM Institute covering people aged 16-85 years.

The three most common cultural activities are listening to music, watching movies/videos, and reading books. Most people do this at some point during the course of a year, and often considerably more frequently than just once. The cultural habits that can be studied over time show more stability than change.

Education has a great impact
Level of education has a comparatively strong correlation with the cultural practices and activities pursued, as well as how often they are pursued. People with tertiary/post-secondary education more often engage in virtually all types of culture. The activities for which the differences are small are online activities and listening to music. The study also shows that women are more active in cultural activities than men are in almost all aspects; and in terms of age, the younger groups are the most culturally involved.

The report Kulturvanor [Cultural Habits] is in Swedish, with a summary in English, and can be downloaded here.


More information: The Swedish Agency for Cultural Policy Analysis is assigned by the Government to evaluate, analyse and present the effects of proposals and steps taken in the cultural arena, based on the cultural policy objectives. The SOM Institute, an independent survey organization at the University of Gothenburg, has conducted surveys to collect research data and presented annual trend analyses on public opinion and media habits in Sweden since 1986.