Investments in more administrative municipalities for Finnish and Meänkieli and Sami

The Government proposes in the Budget Bill for 2018 that new municipalities join the administrative areas for the national minority languages of Sami, Finnish and Meänkieli. To fund this, the appropriation will be increased by SEK 16 million in 2018 and by SEK 20 million per year from 2019.

The Budget Bill for 2018 is based on an agreement between the government parties and the Left Party.

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“The results of the process initiated when the Government took office are now being seen. More and stronger administrative municipalities are central to the Government’s policy to strengthen the rights of national minorities and live up to what is stated in the law,” says Minister for Culture and Democracy Alice Bah Kuhnke.

New administrative municipalities joining the administrative areas will mean enhanced rights for national minorities around Sweden. This applies to preschools, elderly care, language, culture and empowerment opportunities for more people.

The appropriation will increase as of 2018. The Government will now examine the requests to be included in one or more administrative areas ahead of 2018 that were submitted to the Government Offices by 1 April 2017.

Administrative areas

The administrative areas offer enhanced protection of the Sami, Finnish and Meänkieli languages. In these areas, individuals have the right to use their minority language in contacts with government agencies and have access to preschools and elderly care in their minority language. Municipalities, county councils and regions in these administrative areas receive government grants to cover the extra costs entailed by the legislation.