(06 July 2016) – In all Member States the share of persons with tertiary education was much higher in cultural employment than in total employment.
In 2014, according to Eurostat estimations, 6 million persons were employed in the cultural field in the European Union, or slightly less than 3 % of the total number of persons employed.
6 out of 10 persons in cultural employment had tertiary education.
At Member State level, the highest shares of cultural employment were observed in Luxembourg (5.2%) and Sweden (4.1%), followed by Finland and the Netherlands (3.9% each) as well as Denmark (3.8%). At the opposite end of the scale, the lowest share was observed in Romania (1.1%), followed by Slovakia (2.0%), Bulgaria (2.1%), Portugal (2.2%), Greece (2.3%) and Cyprus (2.4%).
Of the almost 2 million artists and writers in the EU, nearly half (49%) were self-employed, a share much higher than that reported for total employment (15%).