Key facts about Culture

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Culture is for everyone

  • 91 % of adults in Scotland engage in culture. 80%, or four out of five, attend a cultural event or place of culture and 78 per cent participated in a cultural activity in a 12 month period.
  • A survey in Glasgow showed that 92% of residents agree that heritage is important for the country, 80% agree that it is important for their local area and 85% agree it is important for them personally.[2]

Culture has a positive impact on health and wellbeing

  • Those who attend a cultural place or event are over 59% more likely to report good health compared to those who did not. [3]
  • Those who attend a cultural place or event are over one and a half times more likely to have reported high life satisfaction, compared to those who did not.[4]

Culture is a vital part of our economy

  • Culture provides approximately 174 000 jobs in Scotland, 6.6% of the total jobs figure.[5]
  • The arts and creative industries in Scotland have an estimated economic impact of £3 690 million Gross Value Added (GVA).[6]


These reports and further evidence on the impact of culture can be found at and on the Culture Counts Delicious feed at

You can also visit the Creativity Matters section of the Creative Scotland website –


[1] People, Heritage and Culture, Scottish Government, 2015

[2] 20 years in 12 places, Heritage Lottery Fund and Britainthinks, 2015

[3] Healthy Attendance, Scottish Government, 2013

[4] As above

[5] Creative Industries – Focus on Employment, Department of Culture, Media and Sport, 2015

[6] Economic Contribution Study, Creative Scotland and Scottish Enterprise 2012


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