Catalonia: Just the facts

Spanish region statistics

Catalonia’s living standards surpass Spain’s average. Its GDP per head stood in 2002 at $26,550, compared to $21,945 for Spain as a whole; its $146.1 billion industry revenue in 2002 accounted for 25% of the Spanish total.

Setting benchmarks for growth, Catalans sometimes turn to regions of France and Germany, or Denmark. Both are advanced parliamentary democracies and have about the same amount of people: 6.7 million in Catalonia vs. 5.4 million in Denmark. Yet these comparisons are aspirational, as Denmarks’ GDP $45,065 per capita dwarfs Catalonia’s, and some other benchmarks look puny as well, such as Internet access and state film funding.

Indeed, Catalan films took a 3% local market share in 2003 and Catalonia’s ICIC will commit some $14.3 million in 2004.


(Statistics for 2003, unless otherwise indicated)

  • Households: 2.1 million

  • TV penetration: 99%

  • VCR penetration: 85%

  • DVD penetration: 20% (2002)

  • Pay TV penetration: 26% (2002)

  • Homes with a computer: 51%

  • Homes with Internet access: 35%

  • Internet broadband penetration: 13%

  • Rev for public channels TV3 and C33: $424.1 million

  • Rev for top production houses: Mediapro, $226 million; Filmax Entertainment, $119 million

  • Market share of regional pubcaster CCRTV’s channels: TV3, 20%; C33, 6%

  • Feature films produced (1994-2003): 188

  • Film investment (1994-2003): $339 million

  • Average annual per-capita cinema attendance: 4

  • Full-length, Catalan-produced pics: 31

  • Cinemas: 209

  • Screens: 781

  • Admissions: 29 million

  • Admissions for Catalan pics: 900,000 (3%)

  • Admissions for non-Catalan Spanish pics: 4 million (12%)

  • Admissions for EU pics: 3 million (11%)

  • Admissions for U.S. pics: 18 million (67%)

  • Admissions for pics from the rest of the world:

2 million (7%)

  • Top-grossing pic: “Pirates of the Caribbean,” $6 million

  • Top-grossing Catalan pic: “Mondays in the Sun,” $560,000

  • Total box office: $192 million
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