International comparisons of public engagement in culture and sport

The Department for Culture Media and Sport has published a report written by Orian Brook which uses Eurobarometer, Eurostat and other data to compare Great Britain with other European countries in relation to public engagement in sport and culture.

Key findings include: cultural attendance and sports participation in Britain are both higher than the average for Europe; higher rates of personal fulfillment are found for those that attend all kinds of culture, compared to those that do not; and rates of attendance between countries seem to be related to levels of government spend on culture, even once population differences are controlled for, although improved data and country contextualisation are required to substantiate this. A useful range of data files are also available to download.