Participation in leisure activities

Producer: Statistics Finland
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Main topic: Living Conditions
Related topics: Culture and the Media
Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Yes
European Statistical System (ESS): No


The leisure survey is an interview survey studying the population’s leisure hobbies and social participation and changes in them, as well as participation in them by different population groups. The survey also produces information on the ratio between work and leisure, social relationships and importance attached to different spheres of life. The results from the survey are public but its basic data are confidential. User rights can be obtained to them for scientific research purposes.

Data content

Classifications used

Age, gender, stage in life, classification of socio-economic groups, level of education, size of municipality, statistical grouping of municipalities, major region (Helsinki Metropolital Area, rest of Uusimaa, Southern Finland, Eastern Finland, Mid-Finland, Northern Finland), province.

Data collection methods and data sources

The data are collected from persons aged 15 to 74 as a combination of a web and postal inquiry. For persons aged 10 to 14 and 75 or over, the method is a face-to-face interview.

Data collections

Updating frequency

Ten years on the average.

Time of completion or release

Time series

1977, 1981, 1991, 2002.


amateur theatres, art, art activities, books, choirs, computers, concerts, cultural activities, cultural associations, cultural events, cultural participation, cultural tourism, culture, dance, domestic work, films, handicraft, hobbies, information technology, internet, leisure, mass communication, museums, music, newspapers, opera, participation, physical exercise, radio, reading, social life, socio-economic group, sound recordings, study, television broadcasting, theatre, time use, video recordings, visual arts, voluntary work, way of life

Contact information

Last updated 28.12.2017