Time spent on free time activities by sex
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Contact and information

Information

Unit
Hours
Contact
Gender Statistics, UNECE/STAT
Tel: -
Fax: -
E-mail: gender.stats@un.org
Latest update
3/19/2018
Data type
Average
Creation date
12/14/2018
Source
UNECE Statistical Division Database
Matrix
c0000378
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Definition:
Time use represents the average time spent on an activity per day (hours and minutes per day). All persons are included, whether they have performed this activity or not, and all days of the week, as well as working and holiday periods are included.

Free time includes activities that are not defined in other time use categories. E.g, volunteer work and meetings, helping other households, socializing and entertainment, sports and outdoor activities, hobbies and games, reading, watching TV, resting or doing nothing.
Socializing – includes visiting and receiving visitors, feasts, phone calls and conversation with family or friends, etc.
Reading - includes reading periodicals, brochures, books, etc.
Sports – includes walking and hiking, all kinds of sports (jogging, ball games, water sports, etc.) productive exercises (hunting, fishing, picking berries, etc.) and sport related activities.
Hobbies and games – collecting, correspondence, solo games and play, parlour games and play, gambling, etc. Includes also visual, performing and literary arts.
Volunteer work and help – includes work for/through an organization and informal help to other households.

Note on data format: Data are reported in number of hours, where decimals represent hundredths of an hour (ex: 1.75 should be read 1 hour and 45 minutes; 0.20 should be read 12 minutes).

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Country: Armenia
Data refer to October 2008 and to the population aged 15-80.
Country: Austria
Country: Bulgaria
Reference period (2002): Data refer to 2001-2002.
Country: Bulgaria
Reference period (2010): Data refer to 2009-2010.
Country: Canada
Change in definition (1990 - 2010): Data refer to population aged 20 to 74.
Country: Canada
Reference period (1990): Data refer to 1992.
Country: Canada
Reference period (1995): Data refer to 1997.
Country: Canada
Territorial change (1990 - 2010): Data cover 10 provinces only.
Country: Denmark
Data covers persons who have been active in the category. Data refer to the population aged 16-74. 1990: data refer to 1987. 2009: data refer to 2008-2009.
Country: Estonia
Reference period (2000): Data refer to 1999-2000.
Country: Estonia
Reference period (2010): Data refer to 2009-2010.
Country: France
2000: data refer to 1998-1999. 2010: data refer to 2009-2010.
Data cover only Metropolitan France.
Country: Germany
Change in definition (2001): Data refer to the population aged 20-74.
Country: Germany
Reference period (2001): Data refer to the period from April 2001 to March 2002
Country: Greece
Computing is not included in hobbies and games. Participatory activities are not included in volunteer work and help. Other activites - include participatory activities, entertainment and culture, resting - time out, computing, radio and recordings. All persons are included.
Country: Hungary
2000: data refer to 1999-2000. 2010: data refer to 2009-2010.
Country: Italy
2002: data refer to 2002-2003; 2008: data refer to 2008-2009; 2014: data refer to 2013-2014. Data refer to population aged 20-74. For all years activities are coded according to the last Harmonized European Time Use Survey Guidelines (HETUS 2008).
Country: Kazakhstan
Additional information (2003): The structure of time use within 7 days (man / hours per week). Data refer to the age group 16 years and older.
Country: Kazakhstan
Additional information (2006): The structure of time use within 7 days (man / hours per week). Data refer to the age group 18 years and older.
Country: Kazakhstan
Additional information (2012): The structure of time use within 7 days (man / hours per week). Data refer to the age group 10 years and older.
Country: Luxembourg
Data refer to the population aged 10-74.
`TV and video` category includes listening radio and music. `Hobbies and games` include culture, entertainments and excursions. `Other activities` refer to `to do nothing`.
Country: Netherlands
Break in methodlogy (2006): Data is collected according to the Harmonised European Time Use Survey (HETUS) replacing the original Dutch Time Use Survey.
Country: Norway
2010: data refer to 2010-2011.
Country: Poland
2004: data refer to 2003-2004. 2013: ''Hobbies and games'' includes also computing and Internet (not measured in 2003/2004 survey).
Country: Romania
Reference period (2000): Data refer to August and September 2000.
Country: Romania
Reference period (2011 - 2012): Statistical survey on time use (TUS), carried out in households during september 2011 - september 2012
Country: Serbia
Data do not cover Kosovo and Metohija. 2010 data refer to 2010-2011.
Country: Spain
2003: data refer to 2002-2003.
Country: Sweden
Change in definition (2000 - 2010): Data refer to the population aged 20-64.
Country: Sweden
Reference period (2010): Data refer to April 2010-March 2011
Country: Switzerland
1995: data refer to 1997.
Country: The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
Reference period (2014): Time Use Survey was carried out over a period of 12 months, from May 2014 until April 2015.
Country: Turkey
For 2006 the data refer to persons aged 15+. For 2015 the data refer to persons aged 10+.