In 2014, according to Eurostat estimations, 6 million persons were employed in the cultural field in the European Union (EU), or slightly less than 3 % of the total number of persons employed. 6 out of 10 persons in cultural employment had tertiary education.

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%).

Today, Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union, issues a publication on culture statistics. Its seven chapters provide information on the situation and main trends in employment, business, international trade, participation and consumption patterns in the field of culture. This News Release focuses on one domain presented in the publication: cultural employment.

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