Taking a look at the cultural habits of the Swedes
A survey of the Europeans' participation in cultural activities puts the Swedes in first place.
During the past year, 93 percent of the Swedish population regularly played a musical instrument, sang in a choir or indulged in artistic activities such as painting or drawing. What's more, 87 percent read for reasons other than work or study, and 72 percent regularly attended the cinema.
These are some of the habits that make Swedes the premier participants of cultural activities among EUs 28 member nations. More statistical information is available in KulturSverige 2009 – Problemanalys och statistik (Cultural Sweden 2009, Analysis and Statistics).
"Several years have elapsed since the last publication of a book on Swedish cultural habits," says Svante Beckman, editor of the book and professor at Tema Q. Professor Beckman presented the contents to 250 delegates at a November conference with the theme Cultural Sweden Today. New paths for culture and cultural policy." Professor Beckman describes the event as an intellectual mingle-fest for the nation's culturati and culture-policy researchers.
"Our book and conference seminars spotlight the current trends of cultural practice and those factors which influence policy-making in the culture sector.
"KulturSverige 2009" contains thirty-odd articles on Swedish cultural policy and practice. All authors are active researchers. The commercialization of cultural activities and culture's role as a driving force in society are some of the thought-provoking topics. Statistics indicators show long-term trends, supplemented by overviews of the current situation.
Other articles take a hard look at culture-economic factors and their effect. A rundown of the cultural habits of the general population shows the Swedes as participants, not just consumers.
Not surprisingly, Internet is the most expansive forum of the culture and media sector, whether measured in monetary value or user time in each household. On an average day, the age group 15-24 will spend 110 minutes surfing the Internet, as opposed to 128 minutes in front of the TV screen.
Last updated: 2009-06-03