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Slovak culture-lovers prefer TV and radio

SLOVAKS read books, go to the theatre and tune in to cultural TV or radio programmes more often than the average European citizen. But they are less likely to go to the ballet, opera or movie theatre, according to a Eurobarometer survey on citizens' participation in cultural activities.

SLOVAKS read books, go to the theatre and tune in to cultural TV or radio programmes more often than the average European citizen. But they are less likely to go to the ballet, opera or movie theatre, according to a Eurobarometer survey on citizens' participation in cultural activities.

Ninety-two percent of Slovaks tuned in to a cultural programme on TV or the radio in the last 12 months. This figure places Slovakia second in the EU, according to the survey carried out by Eurostat early in 2007. The statistics agency of the European Union announced the results in late October.

Estonia tops the ranking with 93 percent, and the EU average was 78 percent.

A minority of EU citizens took part in other cultural activities, except for visiting historical monuments and going to the movies, which attracted 54 percent and 51 percent of the EU population, respectively.

Slovakia was above the EU average for sightseeing, with 64 percent, and one point behind the cinema average, with 50 percent. The biggest fans of sightseeing were the Danish (76 percent), and the top movie-goers were the Irish (64 percent).

Eighty percent of Slovaks have read a book in the last 12 months, putting Slovakia in the top 10 in the EU. The EU average was 71 percent, and the top countries were Sweden (87 percent), the Netherlands (84 percent) and Denmark (83 percent).

Slovaks are also above-average when it comes to going to public libraries. Thirty-seven percent said they went to their public library, five points above the EU average. The northern European countries of Finland and Sweden led the way, with 72 percent and 70 percent, respectively.

Thirty-seven percent of Slovaks also said they went to the theatre, beating the EU average of 32 percent. The Dutch visit the theatre most often, with 58 percent.

Slovakia is at the EU average for going to concerts, 37 percent. Concerts are the most popular in Estonia, with 62 percent.

Museums and galleries attracted 40 percent of the Slovak population, one point less than the EU average.

Slovakia was two points behind the average for going to the ballet or the opera during the last 12 months, with 16 percent compared to 18 percent for the entire EU. Malta tops the list with 28 percent.

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