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29 March, 2020
 
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Only 5% of Cypriots train to improve their hobbies

Cypriots seem to be less interested in self-improvement compared to their European colleagues

Newsroom / CNA

Among the Member States of the European Union, Denmark recorded by far the highest share of people who had participated in training courses related to their hobbies (41%) compared to only 5% in Cyprus, according to Eurostat.

Cypriots seem to be less interested in self-improvement compared to their European colleagues while Denmark was well ahead of Finland (20%), Germany and the Netherlands (both 18%) as well as Sweden (17%).

The lowest rates of hobby-related training were registered in Hungary and Romania (both 2%), followed by Croatia, Italy, Cyprus, Bulgaria and Portugal (all 5%).

Participation rates in training related to hobbies tended to increase along with the educational attainment

Training related to hobbies includes non-formal learning activities, which improve knowledge, skills, competencies and qualifications for personal or social reasons. At EU level, 11% of people participated in training courses related to their hobbies.

Overall in the EU, women (12%) participated in hobby-related training more than men (10%). The largest differences between the sexes were seen in Finland (25% women compared with 15% men) and Germany (22% women - 15% men).

At EU level, participation rates in training related to hobbies tended to increase along with the educational attainment level of the participants.

The share was higher for people with a tertiary education level (18%) than for those with upper secondary and post-secondary non-tertiary education (11%). Only 6% of those with an education level of lower secondary, primary or less took hobby-related training courses.

From an age-group perspective, 22% of those aged 16-18 took hobby-related training.

Interest declined incrementally with age, with 16% of those aged 19-24 following training courses, 14% of those aged 25-34 and 11% of those aged 35-64 and 8% for the over 65s.

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