Ministry of Culture

The Ministry of Culture is responsible for issues relating to culture, media, democracy, human rights at national level, the national minorities and the language and culture of the Sami people. The Ministry is also responsible for anti-discrimination work and issues concerning civil society, faith communities and burial and cremation services.

Responsible minister

Alice Bah Kuhnke
Alice Bah Kuhnke Minister for Culture and Democracy

News from Ministry of Culture

  • School elections initiative inspires young voters

    Photo: Jens Gustavsson/Folio

    In the spring amending budget for 2017, the Government is allocating SEK 5 million to the Swedish Agency for Youth and Civil Society to make preparations for school elections in connection with the 2018 national general election and the 2019 European Parliament election. The initiative will benefit a large number of pupils; approximately 1 800 schools took part in the school elections ahead of the 2014 parliamentary elections.

  • Waldemarsudde to be independent of Nationalmuseum

    Photo: Kjell Renblad

    In the 2017 Spring Budget, the Government proposes that the Prins Eugen’s Waldemarsudde art museum be separated in organisational terms from Nationalmuseum. This change will give Prins Eugen’s Waldemarsudde better opportunities to operate in accordance with the provisions in Prince Eugen’s will. The proposal is expected to enter into force on 1 July 2017.

Photo: Erik Lindvall/Folio

New reading initiative will get more children and young people to read

The Government is investing a total of SEK 60 million over four years in reading promotion initiatives in the area of culture. Initiatives will also be carried out in the schools sector. The aim is to improve reading skills and increase reading among children and young people throughout the country.

Photo: Werner Nystrand/Folio

The Government is investing in better conditions for culture

In the Budget Bill for 2017, the Government is investing in better conditions for culture by strengthening the performing arts and increasing the public lending right. The purpose of the Government’s increased investments is to provide more culture for more people throughout the country.

Photo: Werner Nystrand/Folio

The Government is investing in more local culture throughout the country

The Government proposes that an additional SEK 120 million in total be allocated over four years to the cultural cooperation model, a model that gives the county councils greater responsibility to allocate certain central government grants to local and regional cultural activities. The purpose of this investment is to create a more equitable cultural offering throughout the country and to give more people access to Culture.

Photo: Love Strandell/Folio

More films to more people

The Government is proposing new initiatives so that more films reach more people. By abolishing classification fees, strengthening the initiative to digitise our film heritage by SEK 2.5 million annually and increasing the film subsidy by SEK 20 million from 2019, the Government is taking a yet another step toward this goal.

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