In 2016, there were 39,133 companies in the cultural sector in Catalonia and the turnover of these companies was 10,819 million euros, according to the Statistics and Accounts of the Cultural Companies. The number of employed persons in companies in this sector was 130,799 and the gross value added they generated stood at 3,914 million euros.
Methodological improvements were applied to the Structural Business Statistics in 2016 and therefore the 2016 results are not strictly comparable to those from previous years.
The Statistics and Accounts of the Cultural Companies summary statistics that bring together a set of economic magnitudes and indicators relevant to enterprises in this field. This information, produced yearly, will allow greater monitoring of the actual situation of the cultural sector in Catalonia from an economic point of view and determine the behaviour of the enterprises offering cultural goods and services.
Definition of the activities that make up the cultural sector is grounded in the methodological work carried out by the European Statistical System Network on Culture (ESSnet-Culture, in PDF), created by the European Commission and Eurostat. UNESCO's 2009 Framework for Cultural Statistics was also taken into account.
The information on the activity of cultural enterprises used in this study comes from the following statistical sources: Structural Business Statistics in the Industrial Sector, Structural Business Statistics in the Service Sector, Statistics on R&D Activities, Survey on Innovation in Companies and Foreign Trade statistics.