See chapter 7.1.1.
There is no clear overview of local governments’ spending on culture. In their annual reports, local authorities report the aggregate amount of “leisure, culture, sports and religion”, where, for example, the capital Tallinn has also consolidated a zoo, botanical garden and other non-cultural expenditure according to national and international standards. Chart 2 shows local governments spending in this field over the last decade, which filters out sports, zoos, botanical gardens and religion, as well as grants for local hobby schools. At the same time, it should be noted that in Estonia, the Ministry of Culture budget also includes expenditure on sports.
Chart 2: Local authorities spending to free time, culture, professional and hobby culture organisations, thousands EUR, 2010-2019
Local authorities annual reports 2010-2019, Ministry of Finance, www.fin.ee