6.1 Short overview
Despite the fact that several state-financed sectors - such as health care, social welfare and education - have recently experienced serious economic constraints, culture has been able to retain its share of the state budget.
Expenditure by the central government on culture is channelled mainly through the Ministry of Culture. In 2011, the total allocation was 135.73 million EUR; together with the expenditure of the regional and municipal levels of government, the total government expenditure on culture was 251.55 million EUR (see Table 4 in chapter 6.2.2). In 2011, Estonia joined the Euro currency zone.