COMPENDIUM CULTURAL POLICIES AND TRENDS IN EUROPE
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Netherlands/ 6.2 Public cultural expenditure  

6.2.2 Public cultural expenditure broken down by level of government

Table 1a: Public cultural expenditure: by level of government, in million EUR, in %, 2005-2012 (gross)

 

Exp. 2005

%

Exp. 2007

%

Exp. 2009

%

 

Exp. 2011

%

Exp.

2012

%

Total arts & cultural heritage*

2 769

100

3 008

100

3 349

100

3 378

100

3300

100

State

842

30.4

913

30.4

990

29.6

987

29.2

1004

30.4

Provinces

220

7.9

261

8.7

301

9

340

10.1

307

9.3

Municipalities

1 669

60.3

1 748

58.1

1 986

59.3

1 988

58.9

1960

59.4

Joint regulations**

40

1.4

88

2.9

72

2.1

60

1.8

60

1.8

Total media*

972

100

926

100

1 058

100

1 075

100

1117

100

State

845

86.9

783

84.6

902

85.3

912

84.8

952

85.2

Provinces

116

11.9

129

13.9

141

13.3

144

13.4

148

13.2

Municipalities

11

1.1

13

1.4

14

1.3

19

1.8

18

1.6

Source:   Statistics Netherlands (CBS) 2015 Statline.
*              Expenditure figures are rounded up, so in some cases the total sum differs from the sum of expenditures.
**             Joint regulations are regional expenditures financed by collaborating municipalities.

Due to complexities, CBS no longer collects detailed statistics on cultural expenditures. Table 1b shows figures in which expenditures of different local governments (including municipalities and provinces) on “cultural services” are combined. National government covers the state, and general government covers the total of government expenditures on cultural services.

Table 1b: Government expenditures on cultural services in 1995-2016 (in million euros) 

 

Government expenditures on cultural services (in   million euros)

Year

General   government

National   government

Local governments

1995

1.444

-

1.081

1996

1.457

-

1.113

1997

1.738

-

1.142

1998

1.853

-

1.266

1999

2.008

-

1.366

2000

2.177

-

1.493

2001

2.369

-

1.634

2002

2.533

-

1.811

2003

2.646

-

1.960

2004

2.700

-

2.002

2005

2.895

-

2.133

2006

3.007

-

2.197

2007

2.975

-

2.299

2008

3.333

-

2.574

2009

3.366

877

2.655

2010

3.386

948

2.646

2011

3.259

831

2.615

2012

3.194

850

2.568

2013

3.127

696

2.591

2014

3.033

720

2.476

2015

3.172

706

2.615

2016

3.125

851

2.468

Statistics Netherlands (CBS). 2018. Overheid; uitgaven naar functies. [Government; Expenditures per Function].The Hague: Statistics Netherlands.Retrieved 6 March 2018 from https://opendata.cbs.nl/statline/#/CBS/nl/dataset/82902NED/table?dl=87ED.
Figures on 2016 are provisional.

For 1995-2008, no data are available on the national government’s expenditures on cultural services. When the figures on general government expenditures on cultural services in 1996-2016 are adjusted for inflation, based on the price level of 2015, the increase in expenditures in those years is 47 percent. Historically, on average 87.8 percent of local governments’ total expenditures on cultural services is coverd by municipalities, and 12.2 percent by provinces (Meerkerk et al. 2018, p. 295).


Chapter published: 12-02-2019

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