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Summary: Religion and Culture

Summary: Religion and Culture

  • In 2013, the percentage of adults who engaged in culture in the previous 12 months (i.e. those who attended a cultural event or place or participated in a cultural activity) was relatively similar between religious categories. Those with no religion had 92% cultural engagement, while Christians had 91% engagement. Those of another religion had 88% cultural engagement.
  • The percentage of adults who attended a cultural event/place in the last 12 months was higher among those having no religion, at 83%. For Christians, this figure was 78% and for those of another religion, this was 79%.
  • There were 79% of Christians participating in cultural activities in the last 12 months. Participation was 77% among both those with no religion and those of another religion.

Source: Scottish Household Survey 2013: People, Culture and Heritage in Scotland (Published: January 2015)

Note: Results on ethnicity should be treated with caution due to sample sizes, and no comparable results are available for more recent surveys


Useful Links

Religion Page

Culture Page

National Performance Framework

National Performance Framework

Fifty National Indicators enable progress towards the achievement of the National Outcomes and ultimately the delivery of the Purpose to be tracked.  

Indicators are chosen to show how the Scottish Government are progressing on the range of Outcomes. Equality breakdowns illustrate how protected groups are progressing towards the achievement of National Outcomes, particularly ‘we have tackled the significant inequalities in Scottish society’.

National Indicator number 39: Widen use of the internet, data table

National Indicator number 41: Increase cultural engagement, data table

- progress against these National Indicators, broken down by Religion, can be found under the 'What more do we know about the National indicator?' heading.

Publications and Outputs

Publications and Outputs

People, Culture and Heritage in Scotland (January 2015) A more detailed of the culture data from the 2013 Scottish Household Survey. Covers cultural attendance and participation by age, deprivation, disability, ethnicity, gender, and religion

Scottish Government Equality Outcomes: Religion and Belief Evidence Review (2013) A comprehensive review of available evidence in relation to religion



Scottish Government Survey Data

Scottish Household Survey - The Scottish Government website provides further information on accessing Scottish Household Survey data

UK Data Archive - Scottish Household Survey microdata is available (through a ‘special licence’ scheme) from the UK Data Archive






Culture Analysis

Communities Analytical Services 

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