Luxembourgers – Europe's culture lovers
(CS) Luxembourg residents are culture lovers a new Eurobarometer study as shown, with around a third going to the theatre or ballet at least once a year, and more than half going to concerts or the cinema.
The results show that participation in cultural activities was higher in Luxembourg than the European average over the past 12 months.
For example, while 29 percent said that they had been to the ballet, opera or dance show at least once over the past year, this number was just 18 percent on average in the EU. Luxembourg scored consistently higher in most categories, from reading a book (76 percent), going to the cinema (61 percent) or going to the museum (49 percent).
In just one area did Luxembourg score lower than the EU average. Only 17 percent of respondents said they had been to a public library in the past year, compared to 31 percent in the EU.
Unsurprisingly, Luxembourg residents also scored higher when asked about consuming cultural goods from other European countries. For example, while only 31 percent of respondents in the EU said that they read a book by an author from another member state last year, this was at 68 percent in the Grand Duchy.
Luxembourg residents also visited more museums and concerts elsewhere in the EU, than other Europeans.
Cultural participation was spread out more or less evenly among all age groups polled, with the lowest activity recorded among those aged 55 or over (16 percent).
Mostly, it was a lack of interest or lack of time that kept Luxembourgers from taking part in cultural activities. Less respondents than the European average cited a lack of money or limited choice and poor quality.
For the full study visit ec.europa.eu