The publication assess the attitudes and opinions of Europeans about cultural heritage, investigating their personal involvement, interest, and the perceived importance and values they attach to Europe’s cultural heritage. It also looks into the impact of cultural heritage on tourism and jobs, accessibility, and responsibilities for its protection in Europe. The results help us understand the opinions and attitudes of Europeans so that we can promote our collective cultural experience.
So, what did we find out?
The vast majority of Europeans (84%) feel that cultural heritage is important to them personally, and 90% believe that it is important to their country. There is also a strong feeling that cultural heritage is a crucial part of European identity, with 80% believing that it is important to the EU as a whole.
- Many Europeans are proud of the history and culture within their local communities; 82% take pride in historical monuments or sites, works of art or traditions from their region or country. Also, 7 in 10 agree that they take pride in a historical monument or site, work of art or tradition from a European country other than their own.
- The majority (70%) claimed that living close to places with remarkable examples of Europe's cultural heritage can give people a sense of belonging to Europe.
- Cultural heritage is clearly at the heart of our everyday lives, with 7 in 10 Europeans (71%) living close to a historic monument or site, and over half (51%) being personally involved in some form of cultural heritage. Moreover, 71% also believe that living near places of importance to Europe’s cultural heritage can improve their quality of life.
- A large majority of Europeans (88%) believe that Europe's cultural heritage should be taught in schools, as it is highly relevant for our history and culture.
This is a small snapshot of the findings, but the full results are available on the Eurobarometer website. Country files are also available for all 28 EU Member States.
Photo: Joni Israeli 2014 (collection Immaterieel erfgoed in Nederland)