Turkey’s cultural expenditures rose by 23.4% to reach 54.38 billion Turkish liras ($11.28 billion) in 2018, according to official figures released on Tuesday.
The ratio of cultural expenses in the country’s GDP was 1.5% last year, up from 1.4% in 2018, Turkish Statistical Institute (TurkStat) said.
“The 64.3% of the expenditures were the general government cultural expenditures and 35.7% were the private cultural expenditures,” the institute noted.
It added that general government’s cultural expenditures increased by 23.4% in the year to 34.95 billion Turkish liras ($7.25 billion), versus 2017.
In the same period, households’ cultural spendings also saw a