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Zoological gardens

The purpose of the statistics is to describe the yearly opening hours and the number of visitors to Zoos, Aquariums and Botanical gardens. The statistics has been compiled since 1985. From 2021 there are only zoos and aquariums included in the statistics

Statistical presentation

The statistics is made on a yearly basis and shows the number of zoological facilities, visitors, yearly opening hours, number of informative or educational events as well as participants, invitational events and participants, number of volunteers and hours worked by volunteers, and total admission revenue for zoos and aquariums.

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Statistical processing

The statistic is annually. The data is collected through electronic questionnaires. The collected data is validated by comparing this years numbers with the former numbers. If a zoo have large fluctuations in the number of visitors from one year to the next, Statistics Denmark contact the facility to get a clarification. Data is aggregated and if some zoo's haven't answered the questionnaire data from last year gets imported.

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The users are primarily the Ministry of Cultural Affairs, The Danish Agency for Culture and Palaces and organizations engaged in activities within in the field of zoos aquariums and botanical gardens and the news media.

The user satisfaction is not measured.

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Accuracy and reliability

The statistics are compiled on the basis of (in principle) all zoos, aquariums and botanical gardens, but some non state-subsidized zoo do not answer the questionnaires. There will be the a low number of visitors for non state-subsidized zoo or gardens. State-subsidized zoo or gardens have a good coverage.

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Timeliness and punctuality

The statistics are published annually approx. 5 months after the reference period.

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Data over time can be compared for state-supported zoos from 1984 until today, while for non-state-supported gardens and facilities there is a small data breach in 2010 and 2016. For zoos and aquariums with other state subsidies and those that are not subsidized by the state, there can be a variation in e.g. visitor numbers, etc., which is due to composition effects. That is it is not necessarily the same or the same number of zoos and aquariums that are included in the population or report to the statistics each year. Therefore, comparisons over time for zoos with other state subsidies and state subsidies should be made with caution.

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Accessibility and clarity

The statistics are published in Nyt fra Danmarks Statistik (News from Statistics Denmark), in and on the subject side on DST.

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