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OECD calculations on Time Use Surveys microdata

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Number of hours per day spent on leisure and personal care
The reference year is 2016 for Japan and the United States; 2015 for Canada; 2014-15 for Turkey and the United Kingdom; 2013-14 for Italy; 2013 for Belgium; 2012-13 for Germany; 2010 for Norway, South Africa; 2009-10 for Estonia, Finland, France, New Zealand, Spain; 2009 for Korea; 2008-09 for Austria; 2006 for Australia; 2003-04 for Poland; 2003 for Latvia; 2001 for Denmark; 2000-01 for Slovenia and Sweden.

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This indicator measures the amount of minutes (or hours) per day that, on average, full-time employed people spend on leisure and on personal care activities. Leisure includes a wide range of indoor and outdoor activities such as walking and hiking, sports, entertainment and cultural activities, socializing with friends and family, volunteering, taking a nap, playing games, watching television, using computers, recreational gardening, etc. Personal care activities include sleeping (but not taking a nap), eating and drinking, and other household or medical or personal services (hygiene, visits to the doctor, hairdresser, etc.) consumed by the respondent. Travel time related to personal care is also included. The information is generally collected through national Time Use Surveys, which involve respondents keeping a diary of their activities over one or several representative days for a given period.

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OECD calculations on Time Use Surveys microdata

Unit of measure usedHoursOther data characteristics

Number of hours per day spent on leisure and personal care
The reference year is 2016 for Japan and the United States; 2015 for Canada; 2014-15 for Turkey and the United Kingdom; 2013-14 for Italy; 2013 for Belgium; 2012-13 for Germany; 2010 for Norway, South Africa; 2009-10 for Estonia, Finland, France, New Zealand, Spain; 2009 for Korea; 2008-09 for Austria; 2006 for Australia; 2003-04 for Poland; 2003 for Latvia; 2001 for Denmark; 2000-01 for Slovenia and Sweden.

Key statistical concept

This indicator measures the amount of minutes (or hours) per day that, on average, full-time employed people spend on leisure and on personal care activities. Leisure includes a wide range of indoor and outdoor activities such as walking and hiking, sports, entertainment and cultural activities, socializing with friends and family, volunteering, taking a nap, playing games, watching television, using computers, recreational gardening, etc. Personal care activities include sleeping (but not taking a nap), eating and drinking, and other household or medical or personal services (hygiene, visits to the doctor, hairdresser, etc.) consumed by the respondent. Travel time related to personal care is also included. The information is generally collected through national Time Use Surveys, which involve respondents keeping a diary of their activities over one or several representative days for a given period.