Data on cultural institutions are used to evaluate activities of libraries, cultural centres, museums, theatres, film industry in Latvia.
Terms and definitions
An educational, informative and cultural institution or a structural unit thereof, which performs collection, systemisation, cataloguing, bibliographic classification and storage of cultural heritage of the world – printed publications, electronic publications, manuscripts and other documents; ensures public access to the library collection and its utilisation and the provision of library services.
Cultural centre is one of main components of regional and local cultural life, which contributes to the involvement of society in culture and provision of cultural services in rural areas.
Cultural centre is multipurpose cultural institution with large potential allowing formation of bond not only with various cultural sectors, but also with other society development areas, thus covering diversified and wide audience and ensuring quality of local cultural environment and sustainability of tradition.
Survey method and data source
Data are obtained from enterprises. Data are acquired from following data sources:
- Data of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia on activities of libraries, cultural centres, cinemas, theatres, film production;
- Information on publishing in Latvia from the National Library of Latvia.
Key indicators on activities of cultural institutions cover the territory of the Republic of Latvia. Data on libraries and cultural centres are presented on the country as a whole, regions and cities under state jurisdiction.
Information on libraries includes the number of libraries, collections, the number of users and loans.
In respect of the cultural centres, their number is given, as are the numbers of amateur performing units and participants thereof. The number of cultural centres includes culture houses and similar local facilities.
Data on museums cover information on the number of museums and their admissions. The number of museums includes state and municipal-owned museums and the accredited private museums.
Regarding the theatres, their number is given, as are the numbers of performances and admissions. The number of theatres includes state and municipal-owned professional theatres.
Information on cinemas indicates the number of cinemas as well as the number of admissions to cinema shows. The number of cinemas includes stationary cinemas.
Data on film production are shown by type of films.
The information on publishing covers the number of books, brochures, magazines and newspapers published as well as their issues and circulations, data are broken down by language and type of literature.
Data are published by using Classification of Administrative Territories and Territorial Units of the Republic of Latvia (CATTU).
Contact person on methodology
Social Statistics Methodology Section