On October 29, 2007, Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Communities, announced the publication of Cultural Statistics—The Cultural Economy and Cultural Activities in the EU27.
The press release notes that for the first time “Eurostat has gathered the main available culture statistics comparable at a European level in a single publication—Cultural Statistics.” The work includes chapters on employment, businesses, and foreign trade, as well as data on cultural expenditures and participation in cultural life.
In its press release, Eurostat asserts that “Culture plays a significant role in the daily lives of European citizens. With nearly 300 cultural sites out of almost 700 on the UNESCO list, the 27 Member States of the European Union possess a significant cultural heritage. The importance of culture today is shown by the fact that cultural employment accounted for almost five million people, 2.4% of total employment in the EU27 in 2005.”