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Home Lifestyle The UK is the 2nd Most Artistic country in Europe, according to new data

The UK is the 2nd Most Artistic country in Europe, according to new data

by Wanda Rich
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  • The Netherlands is the most artistic country in Europe 
  • Latvia places third in the artistic country league 

New research has discovered that the Netherlands is the most artistic country in Europe.  

A study by creative resource Design Bundles, looked at a selection of European countries to reveal which could lay claim to being the most artistic.  

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 scoring 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 a decent 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 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. 

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% 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%, which scored the country the maximum 10 points.   

Le 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.” 

Design Bundles offers high quality premium design resources and a marketplace which allows graphic designers to register and sell their products. 


Country  Population  No. of most visited Museums (Score)  Gov. funding of cultural services (Score)  No. of Art Institutions (Score)  No. of students Arts in higher education (Score)  Total cultural export (Score)  Total Score (out of 50) 
Netherlands  17.282  10.0  3.6  2.8  5.3  7.7  29.4 
United Kingdom  67.093  9.0  1.8  1.1  6.3  10.0  28.3 
Latvia  1.920  0.0  9.1  10.0  4.0  2.6  25.6 
Estonia  1.327  0.0  10.0  3.9  5.7  2.0  21.7 
France  64.988  5.3  6.4  0.9  3.8  5.0  21.4 
Iceland  0.364  0.0  10.0  4.8  3.3  2.8  20.9 
Ireland  4.950  0.0  1.8  4.9  10.0  4.2  20.9 
Norway  5.389  0.0  6.4  3.9  4.4  2.3  16.9 
Spain  47.104  3.7  3.6  1.7  5.7  1.4  16.2 
Belgium  11.456  0.0  4.5  3.7  4.9  3.1  16.2