Creative industries in Flanders account for € 7.2 billion and employ over 120,000 people

A new report reveals that the creative and cultural sectors in Flanders account for 2.7% of GDP and together they represent a value of 7.2 billion euros. The creative industry employs 53 477 self-employed professionals (or 12.9 per cent of all self-employed workers in Flanders) and 69 983 employees.

This is the third impact study conducted by the Flanders DC Knowledge Centre at Antwerp Management School.

The following tables shows the main figures:

Creative industries in Flanders (overall)

  GDP FLanders Self-employed Employees
Creative Industries 7.2 billion   53,477     69,983
Overall 265 billion 415,592 2,911,767
Share of creative industries 2.7% 12.9% 2.4%

Text & image sector (books and press only)

  Employees Employers Self-Employed Added Value Turnover
Print media (books) 6,702 (9.6%) 521 (6.4%) 2,964 (5.5%) € 327,752,503 (4.6%) € 1,007,294,178 (4.3%)
Print media (press) 5,959 (8.5%) 743 (9.1%) 3,652 (6.8%) € 685,105,166 (9.5%) € 2,597,055,725 (11%)
Overall creative industries 69,983 8,169 53,477 7.174.077.561 € 23,562,680,031

Link to the study (in Dutch)