Culture Satellite Account
Culture accounted for 1.7% of national GVA -
27 August 2015


In the 2010-2012 period, economic activities related to culture were developed by around 66,000 entities which represented, on average, 1.7% of national GVA, 2.0% of total employment and 2.2% of the total Compensation of employees.
In terms of the number of covered entities, the cultural domain of Performing arts stands out, attaining close to 1/3 of the total. Concerning GVA and employment, with relative weights of 33.2% and 36.6%, respectively, stands out the Books & press domain, followed by the Audiovisual & multimedia domain (22.6% and 11.7% in the same order).
In this three-year period, the Portuguese economy suffered a significant contraction in domestic demand, which was expressed in the reduction of the relative importance of economic activities related to culture: 1.8% of total GVA in 2010 to 1.7% in 2012 and 2.0% of total employment in 2010 to 1.9% in 2012.

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