The Ministry of Culture is headed by Minister for Culture and Democracy Alice Bah Kuhnke. Around 120 people work at the Ministry. Most are non-political officials who remain in their posts even in the event of a change of government or minister.
The State Secretary works directly under the Minister and leads the daily work. The Ministry also has political advisers and a press secretary, who belong to the political staff of the Minister. The press secretary is responsible for contacts with journalists. Unlike other officials at the Government Offices, the Minister and political appointees leave their posts when there is a change of government.
Alongside the State Secretary, the Ministry of Culture has one senior official, the Director-General for Administrative and Legal Affairs, who is not politically recruited. The responsibilities of Directors-General for Administrative and Legal Affairs include ensuring that legislative proposals for primary legislation and other regulations are drafted and that they are processed in a lawful, consistent and uniform manner.
Divisions and Secretariats
The Ministry has five policy divisions and two secretariats headed by non-politically appointed officials. The Ministry’s divisions handle day-to-day work on the Ministry’s various policy issues, with the assistance of the Legal Secretariat. The Ministry's divisions handle day-to-day work on the various policy issues. The divisions prepare matters for Government decisions. One of their most important tasks is to produce material to support government bills in their area of responsibility. The divisions also handle contacts with the agencies under the Ministry.
Division for the Arts
The Division for the Arts is responsible for issues and matters concerning:
- visual arts, form and design;
- art museums;
- libraries, literature and cultural periodicals;
- grants to artistic activities;
- remuneration and grants to artists;
- subsidies for regional culture activities;
- performing arts; and
- contributions to non-government cultural buildings.
Division for Cultural Heritage and Living Environment
The Division for Cultural Heritage and Living Environment is responsible for issues and matters concerning:
- burials and cremations;
- cultural sites;
- museums; and
- the Swedish language.
Division for Media and Film
The Division for Media and Film is responsible for issues and matters concerning:
- daily newspapers;
- new media services;
- radio and television; and
- measures against harmful effects of the media.
Division for Democracy and Civil Society
The Division for Democracy and Civil Society is responsible for issues and matters concerning:
- elections and voter turnout;
- conditions for elected representatives and representativeness;
- transparency, influence and participation between elections;
- democratic awareness;
- protecting democracy against violent extremism;
- conditions for civil society organisations to work;
- coordination of government grants to civil society organisations;
- knowledge dissemination through research and statistics on civil society;
- coordination in the Government Offices on the relationship to civil society; and
- faith communities and grant-related issues.
Division for Discrimination Issues
The Division for Discrimination Issues is responsible for issues and matters concerning:
- coordinating and developing human rights issues at national level;
- discrimination on grounds of gender, transgender identity or expression, ethnic origin, religion or other belief, disability, sexual orientation or age;
- xenophobia, racism, homophobia and other forms of intolerance;
- the situation of homosexual, bisexual and transsexual people and people of transgender identity or expression, at national level, and coordination and development of such issues;
- national minorities in Sweden, and coordination and development of such issues; and
- the language and culture of the Sami people.
The Legal Secretariat is responsible for legislative business and other legislative work and supports the Ministry in legal affairs.
Secretariat for Leadership Support and Management
The Secretariat for Leadership Support and Management provides managerial and operational support for the entire Ministry and the committees under the Ministry. The Secretariat is made up of:
- the human resources group;
- the communications group;
- the international coordination group;
- the function for internal finances and activity planning; and
- the function for budget coordination and overall agency governance.