Leisure

In 2013, the average leisure time in Belgium was 4.0 hours per person per day. There is no sustainable development goal for the duration of leisure time.

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Leisure - Belgium

hours per day

 1999200520132013//1999
Belgium3.84.14.00.3
//: Average Growth Rates

Glorieux, I., J. Minnen, T.P. van Tienoven, et al. (2015), Site internet de l'enquête belge sur l'emploi du temps (www.time-use.be), Groupe de recherche TOR Vrije Universiteit Brussel & DG Statistique - Statistics Belgium, Bruxelles, http://www.time-use.be/fr/ (consulted on 08/11/2017).

Leisure by sex - Belgium

hours per day

 1999200520132013//1999
females3.53.73.60.1
males4.24.54.50.5
//: Average Growth Rates

Glorieux, I., J. Minnen, T.P. van Tienoven, et al. (2015), Site internet de l'enquête belge sur l'emploi du temps (www.time-use.be), Groupe de recherche TOR Vrije Universiteit Brussel & DG Statistique - Statistics Belgium, Bruxelles, http://www.time-use.be/fr/ (consulted on 08/11/2017).

Leisure by education - Belgium

hours per day

 1999200520132013//1999
without diploma4.44.64.70.5
lower secondary education4.24.54.50.5
upper secondary education3.53.83.90.7
non-university tertiary education3.23.33.50.7
university tertiary education3.03.13.40.8
//: Average Growth Rates

Glorieux, I., J. Minnen, T.P. van Tienoven, et al. (2015), Site internet de l'enquête belge sur l'emploi du temps (www.time-use.be), Groupe de recherche TOR Vrije Universiteit Brussel & DG Statistique - Statistics Belgium, Bruxelles, http://www.time-use.be/fr/ (consulted on 08/11/2017).

Definition: average time spent on leisure (in this survey, leisure refers to activities such as walking, reading, listening to music, watching television, walking your dog, pursue a hobby, playing sports as an amateur, attending a show) over the course of a day, calculated from the Belgian time-use survey (Belgians aged 12 years or over), expressed in hours. "In 1999, 8 382 respondents, aged 12 years or older, from 4 275 households recorded their time use for two days. In 2005, 6 400 respondents, aged 12 years or older, from 3 474 households answered the survey. Finally, in 2013, 5 559 respondents aged 10 and over, from 2 744 households, completed the survey" (Glorieux et al., 2015). The data come from Statbel. Since these data are based on surveys, a margin of uncertainty must be taken into account. Detailed methodological information for calculating confidence intervals is provided in Glorieux et al. (2015b).

For international comparison, time-use surveys are gathered at European level by HETUS: Harmonised European Time Use Survey (HETUS, 2015), which lists the different activities considered as leisure and provides tables to compare, between 1998 and 2005, an average day of people aged 20 to 74 in the 15 participating European countries (Belgium, Bulgaria, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom).

Goal: There is no goal for time spent on leisure.

The Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs adopted by the UN in 2015 include target 3.4: “By 2030, reduce by one third premature mortality from non-communicable diseases through prevention and treatment and promote mental health and well-being.” Enjoying enough leisure time is necessary for well-being and is beneficial to mental health.

International comparison: Belgium and its neighbouring countries spend the same amount of leisure time, within half an hour. Given the variability of survey dates, these data are to be seen as examples. The differences between the time-use and HETUS surveys are due to differences in the definition of leisure.

UN indicator: The selected indicator does not correspond to any monitoring indicator for the SDGs, but is related to UN target 3.4., since leisure is necessary for well-being and is beneficial to mental health.

Sources

  • SDGs, Sustainable Development Goals: United Nations (2015), Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Resolution adopted by the General Assembly on 25 September 2015, document A/RES/70/1.

  • Indicators: United Nations (2017), Work of the Statistical Commission pertaining to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Resolution adopted by the General Assembly on 6 July 2017, document A/RES/71/313.

  • UN Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/ (consulted on 23/10/2018).

  • Sustainable Development Goal indicators website: https://unstats.un.org/sdgs/ (consulted on 23/10/2018).

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