In 2020, Lithuania’s GDP at current prices was 49 507 million EUR; GDP per capita at current prices was 17 710 EUR. Total general government expenditure was 21 233.8 million EUR. Public expenditure on recreation, culture and religion* at all levels of government was 701.9 million EUR. The central government’s share of expenditure was 360.4 million EUR, and the share of local governments was 341.5 million EUR. Public expenditure on recreation, culture and religion in percentage of the total public expenditure was 3.3 %, and in percentage of GDP was 1.4 %. Public expenditure on recreation, culture and religion per capita was 250 EUR.
Figure 4. General government expenditure in Lithuania in 2020
*Public expenditure on culture (ESA 2010) comprises data of the indicator CG080 “recreation, culture and religion” as it is presented in the database of Lithuanian Department of Statistics and Eurostat according to the COFOG 1999.
Over the last five years, the total public expenditure on recreation, culture and religion has been gradually increasing. Consequently, per capita cultural expenditure has also increased, both as a result of increasing appropriations for culture and population decline. The share in GDP of expenditure for culture has not changed substantially since 2015 until 2019 and was about 1 per cent of GDP. In 2020, it increased to 1.4 %.
Table 39: GDP and public expenditure on culture in 2015–2020
|GDP at current prices, in millions EUR||37 345||38 889||42 276||45 514||48 859||49 507|
|GDP per capita at current prices, EUR||12 884||13 486||14 796||16 157||17 486||17 710|
|Public expenditure on culture (all levels), in millions EUR||351.7||397.4||453.8||499.9||570.8||701.9|
|Public expenditure on culture (all levels) in percentage of the total public expenditure in that year||2.7 %||3.0 %||3.2 %||3.2 %||3.3 %||3.3 %|
|Public expenditure on culture per capita, in EUR||121||139||158||178||204||250|
|Public expenditure on culture in percentage of the GDP||0.9 %||1.0 %||1.1 %||1.1 %||1.1 %||1.4 %|