The UK ranks second place in a study of Europe’s most artistic companies according to creative resource Design Bundles. In first place is The Netherlands with Latvia coming in third place in the index.
The research analysed five different factors: the percentage of government spending on cultural services, the number of art schools, colleges and universities, the number of popular museums, the number of students studying art, and the total value of cultural exports.
The countries received a score out of 10 on each factor, adding up to a total score out of 50, with first place being taken by the Netherlands, which scored 29.4 out of 50, just a slight lead over the second-placed UK, which totaled 28.3 points.
The Netherlands scored the maximum of ten points for having the greatest per capita amount of highly visited museums in the category. Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum both feature in the world’s top 20 most visited museums, garnering 2.7 and 2.1 million visits respectively in 2019. The country also scored an impressive 7.7 points for the value of its cultural exports, and 5.3 for the number of students studying art, all of which helped the Netherlands gain the top spot.
The UK ranks as the second most artistic country in Europe as a result of its maximum index score of ten points in the cultural exports category. Annually 307 euros worth of cultural goods and services are exported for every person living in the UK. A similarly high score of nine points was attained for the amount of top museum visitations thanks to the likes of the British Museum and the Tate Modern which were 2019’s third and fourth most visited museums in Europe.
High government spending on cultural services
Latvia, despite having a small population of just under two million people, snaps up third place. This was thanks to the high amount of government spending on cultural services at 1 percent of total GDP in the country. This is accompanied by a large concentration of seven art educational institutions in just the capital Riga, which is populated by approximately 600,000 people.
Estonia’s fourth place is merited by its high government spending on cultural services of 1.1 percent, which scored the country the maximum 10 points.
The Louvre in France was the most visited museum of Europe in 2019, with 9.6 million visitors. Despite this, the country places fifth in the artistic country league, with relatively low scores for the number of art institutions and students studying art.
A spokesperson for Design Bundles, which commissioned the study, said: “This research paints an interesting picture of Europe’s best place to be an art lover. The Netherlands has produced great artists such as Rembrandt, Vermeer and van Gogh, and it continues to do them proud with its commitment to art and creativity. Meanwhile countries such as Italy and France, which have their own amazing artistic heritage, are outranked by nations such as Latvia and Estonia, which have committed more resources comparatively to art funding and education.”
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