Oughties Brought More Fun and Less Work for Estonians

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12/15/2010 9:30 AM
Category: Culture

Estonians sleep an average 14 minutes longer, work 18 minutes less and dedicate 40 minutes more to free time per day than 10 years ago, reported Statistics Estonia.

Since 2000, Estonians are spending less time in the office and more time enjoying life. The data collection institution notes, however, the potential impact of high unemployment in 2010.

People still spend half of their free time, nearly two and a half hours per day, behind the television set, but this is slightly less than 10 years ago. It has especially decreased among young people aged 10 to 24, who watch about 40 minutes less TV than 10 years ago. But this age group now spends nearly one and a half hours per day with the computer.  

A considerable share of leisure time, 36 minutes daily, is still spent on communication. The theatre, cinema, concerts and reading are still in vogue. The 27 minutes spent on sports in a day is a small increase from 10 years ago. 

Meanwhile, Estonians spent 15 minutes per day less time cooking, and although many new shopping centers have been built, the average time spent in stores (24 minutes per day) has not changed much.

As part of a worldwide survey, Statistics Estonia's Time Use Survey was conducted from April 2009 to March 2010 and comprised 7,000 participants who recorded their activities daily in a diary.


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