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Young and old in the Grand Duchy - different lifestyles

STATEC has just published a survey of Luxembourgers' habits as far as culture and sociability are concerned. Just what does it show?

09-habitudesLuxembourgers and culture

STATEC's recent study of the cultural and social habits of the Grand Duchy's inhabitants reveals that the cinema, live performances, and visits to cultural sites attract nearly 60% of the total population. It also shows that participation in cultural activities decreases with age.

Looked at in closer detail, the study also unveils that 58% of people over the age of 16 said they had attended at least one live performance (play, concert, opera, etc.) in the previous year. It should also be noted that the composition of the household has an effect on residents' participation in cultural activities. Households with children go to the cinema and to sports events more often than households with no children. There is also a substantial difference in visits to cultural sites between the most well-off and the least well-off sections of the population. 78% of the highest-income section of the population took part in at least one such visit, compared with 34% for the least well-off.

Generally, senior citizens in the Grand Duchy participate less in cultural activities (in the space of a year, only 28% of the people in this group of the population went to the cinema at least once, compared with 88% of the 16-24-year-old age group. The reason given most frequently for not participating in cultural activities is lack of interest, particularly for sports events (31% of residents).

Luxembourgers and their social habits

The study shows that overall, the Grand Duchy's residents are not isolated - 87% said they could count on at least one person if necessary, and 94% declared they had someone to talk to about personal matters.

A closer look at the figures shows there are differences between young people and the over-65s, however, with people in the latter group reporting that they see their friends less often. Half see their friends at least once a week, compared with 90% of 16-24-year-olds. It is also apparent that better-off people are generally less isolated.

The report also analyses other facets of social habits, including:

  • communication using social networks: 37% of the Grand Duchy's residents use these media every day. Here again there is a substantial difference between the figures for younger and older people: 82% of 16-24-year-olds use social networks every day, compared with just 8% of over-65s.
  • volunteering: 47% of the resident population was involved in a volunteer activity (whether formal or informal) in the course of the previous year. NB: 'Informal' volunteering takes place outside any kind of association. In this area, young people are more active, with 40% of them involved in volunteer activities through an association.
  • citizenship activities (political parties, petitions, writing to the media and/or politicians, etc.): 17% of the population took part in activities of this kind in 2015, particularly well-off people of Luxembourg nationality in the 55-64 years age group.

To sum up, the study shows that there are differences particularly in terms of age when it comes to the social and cultural habits of the Grand Duchy's residents.

 

(article written by the editorial team of the portal luxembourg.lu)

  • Updated 06-03-2017