Pre-prepared tables

Links to other countries statistics

Eurostat online database


The Web application for HETUS

Important note for users of this web site

The HETUS site and web application will expire at the turn of this year (2018-12-31)

The web application offers opportunities to calculate user defined, comparable statistical tables on the organisation and activities of everyday life in fifteen European countries. It provides a great variety of statistical images of people’s use of time in these countries.

The database on which the system is built emanates from the harmonised European time use surveys, HETUS. Since early 1990s Eurostat has supported a series of projects aiming at harmonising time use statistics in the European Union. As a result of the efforts carried out by Eurostat in collaboration with a number of national statistical institutes, Eurostat was mandated by the SPC to develop recommendations (guidelines) for harmonised European time use surveys in order to ensure that member states were in the position to implement time use surveys on a comparable European basis. The guidelines were developed during the late 1990s and a final draft was published in 2000. 

Most national statistical institutes around Europe that have carried out time use surveys since the late 1990s have taken the guidelines into account. Some countries, however, deviate to a varying degree. Nevertheless, it is possible to put together a database with comparable or almost comparable data representing a number of European countries. The database behind this system is of this kind. Currently it contains fifteen European countries.

Here you will find additional information about the survey, this application and its contents.

Read more about:

punkt The nature of time use data
punkt Guide to interpretation of the statistical measures
punkt Measurement at group level
punkt Interpretation of the recording domains
punkt Differences in structure vs. behaviour
punkt Necessary information about variables,
variable content and national deviances
punkt Metadata: population, sample, etc
punkt Variables in the database
punkt Other important and necessary documents


Calculation of estimates

The results in this table/graph are drawn from the Harmonised European Time Use Surveys. Each national statistical institute is responsible for the accuracy of data they have contributed to the database. Statistics Finland is responsible for setting up and harmonising the database. Statistics Sweden has built and runs the table generating tool. The contributing National Statistical Institutes have approved the technique by which the estimates are calculated by the tool.


The user of the system has to take full responsibility for interpretation of the results. Any views or opinions expressed on the basis of the results are those of the user/author.

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