Public cultural appropriations

- in Denmark.

In 2011 public cultural appropriations in Denmark amounted to approximately DKK 20 billion. The same applied in 2010 and the picture was largely similar in the previous years. In 2011 the appropriations were divided between 56 per cent state and 44 per cent municipal grants. The municipalities’ share of the appropriations fell from 46 per cent in 2009. The greatest share of state grants came from Finance Act appropriations in 2011 (DKK 6.1 billion), while revenue from licences contributed DKK 4.1 billion and football pools DKK 1.1 billion.

85 per cent of the cultural appropriations are used for running and maintenance

In 2011 85 per cent of the cultural appropriations were spent on running and maintenance, while building and construction received 6 per cent and projects 5 per cent. The remainder was equally divided between distribution support and personal funds in the form of money paid out to authors for library loans and grants for artists from the Danish Arts Foundation.

Radio and TV receive most support

The appropriations are made up according to the individual purposes and over 27 cultural topics. In 2011 the largest share went to radio and TV, namely 21 per cent. Libraries were in second place with 20 per cent while sport received 17 per cent of the total appropriations. In the case of sport the share fell in relation to 2009 when 21 per cent of the public appropriations went to sport purposes. The level for performing arts, museums and music was between 6 and 8 per cent of the cultural appropriations.

Education programmes receive DKK 1 billion

Some of the state funds are devoted to special crosscutting purposes and appropriations for education programmes are a clear top scorer with just under DKK 1 billion. These funds go to architectural and drama schools and music conservatories, among others. The other special crosscutting purposes are research, which received DKK 151 million in 2011, the international area, with DKK 50 million, and children and young people, with DKK 15 million.

(Source: Statistics Denmark)