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Cultural Habits Survey

The purpose of the Cultural Habits Survey is to describe the population's cross-cultural habits. Culture is defined in the survey in a broad sense and covers cultural and media consumption including for example concerts, performing arts, cinema, literature, physical exercise, computer games and leisure activities. The study was conducted in 1964, 1975, 1987, 1993, 1998, 2004, 2012 and most recently in 2018-2023. Statistics Denmark is responsible for the implementation of the 2018-2023 survey, while previous studies were carried out by the Ministry of Culture.

Statistical presentation

The cultural habits survey is a sample-based interview based survey that describes the population's consumption of cultural and leisure activities from the age of four years and older, residing in Denmark. However, the actual cultural consumption can occur both in Denmark and abroad, for example in connection with travel. Culture consumption is distributed by age and gender. The current study on cultural consumption is ongoing. It runs from July 1, 2018 to December 31, 2023. The statistical documentation, by its very nature, concerns only the first two quarters of the investigation period at this point of time.

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Statistical processing

The cultural consumption survey is a sample-based questionnaire survey. Approx. 1,000 responses are collected each month either via web form or as a telephone interview. The results are corrected for conditions, such as dropouts and the composition of the population. Data quality is checked at both micro and macro level. During the data processing, a limited number of responses are corrected due to non-consistent or obviously incorrect answers. The year 2018 covers 3rd quarter 2018- 2nd quarter 2019. The year 2019 covers 3rd quarter 2019-2nd quarter 2020. The year 2020 covers 3rd quarter 2020-2nd quarter 2021. The year 2021 covers 3rd quarter 2021-2nd quarter 2022.

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The cultural consumption study has been completed and developed in close cooperation with the Ministry of Culture and is the eighth in the series of traditional studies of the Danes' cultural consumption, which have been carried out in 1964, 1975, 1987, 1993, 1998, 2004 and 2012. Current study meets a number of different user needs, including more frequent statistics and the possibility to analyse geographical differences and seasonal effects in cultural consumption. The questionnaire contains both fixed and flexible modules that allow ongoing content adjustment.

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Accuracy and reliability

The cultural habits survey is based on approx. 3,000 completed interviews per. quarter, which is a relatively robust sample that helps reduce the uncertainty of results. The uncertainty is further reduced by using a mixed data collection method and repeated inquiries to the respondents. The results of the survey can be compared with other statistics in several areas. These comparisons show a good coincidence.

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Timeliness and punctuality

The statistics are published two months after the end of the reference period. The statistics are published without delay compared to scheduled publishing times.

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The statistics have been compiled since 1964. However, the present survey is only to a limited extent comparable to previous releases. This is due partly to societal and technological changes and partly to changes in user needs that have led to a major revision of the questionnaire. The statistics questionnaire is prepared according to common UN guidelines and is therefore partly comparable with statistics from other countries, including the Nordic countries and other EU countries.

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Accessibility and clarity

The statistics are published in News from Statistics Denmark. Statistics Denmark publishes figures under the topic Cultural consumption. See more on the statistics topic page (

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