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Eurostat: Romania, among the European states where the government allocates the lowest sums for culture


Romania is among the countries in the EU where the governments allocate the smallest sums for recreational, cultural and religious activities according to the data communicated on Wednesday by Eurostat- the European Commission office for statistics.

At the level of the European Union in 2016 these sums were 1% of the GDP similar to 2015. In the countries in the euro zone the figures are slightly higher of 1.1% similar to 2015.

The figures refer to the expenses for sporting, recreational activities, libraries, museums, theatres,  audiovisual services and facilities for religious services in support of the community.

In 2016, the member states which allocated the highest sums for such activities – as a percentage of the GDP were Hungary (3.3%), Estonia (2.1%)Croatia and Denmark (1.8%) while at the end of the ranking are Ireland (0.5%), the UK, (0.6%) and Greece, Italy and Portugal (0.8%).

Romania allocated in 2016 0.9% of the GDP for such activities.

At the level of the EU the large part of the allocated represented ‘ cultural services’ (0.4% of the GDP in 2016_) followed by ‘sporting and recreational services’ (0.3% of the GDP of 2016) ‘ publishing and audiovisual services) (0.2% of GDP) and ‘ religious services and for the community’ (0.1%of GDP).

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