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 inquiry that examines the population's leisure activities and social participation, their development and participation of 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 Leisure Survey has been conducted in 1977, 1981, 1991 and 2002.

The data for the leisure survey are collected with a self-filled web and paper questionnaire and face-to-face interviews from September 2017 to January 2018.

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 04.09.2018