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Cyprus has one of the lowest percentages of people in cultural employment in the EU

In 2017, 3.5% of the population of Cyprus (13,400 people) were working in a cultural sector or occupation, a Eurostat report found.

The figure places Cyprus on the 21st place among the EU-28 for the percentage of its population who are in cultural employment.

The EU average was 3.8%.

Nevertheless, the number of people in Cyprus who are employed in the arts or culture has been almost steadily increasing since 2012, the report shows.

According to Eurostat, in 2012 the number of people in cultural employment was 11,500 (3% of the population), in 2013 it was 11,900 (3.3% of the population), in 2014 it was 11,100 (3.1%), in 2015 it was 12,100 (3.4%) and in 2016 it was 12,600 (3.5%).


In 2017, around 8.7 million people in the European Union (EU) were working in a cultural sector or occupation.

In the individual EU Member States, the percentage of people employed in culture in 2017 varied from 1.6% in Romania to 5.5% in Estonia, with most lying between 3% and 5%.

The source data set is here.

The term ‘cultural employment’ relates to employment in economic activities such as:

  • creative, arts and entertainment activities
  • libraries, archives, museums and other cultural activities
  • publishing of books, periodicals and other publishing activities; printing
  • programming and broadcasting activities; motion picture, video and television programme production, sound recording and music publishing activities
  • specialised design activities.

Cultural employment also includes occupations such as writers, architects, musicians, journalists, actors, dancers, librarians, handicraft workers or graphic designers.

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