Cultural policy is about promoting a living and independent cultural heritage. This area covers the conditions for cultural practitioners and people’s access to culture in all its forms, and how cultural heritage is to be preserved, used and developed.

Responsible for culture

Responsible minister

Minister for Culture and Democracy Alice Bah Kuhnke
Alice Bah Kuhnke Minister for Culture and Democracy

Responsible ministry

News about culture

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

    Photo: Erik Lindvall/Folio

    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.

  • More films to more people

    Photo: Love Strandell/Folio

    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.

Photo: Katja Kircher/Folio

A living and shared cultural heritage

The Budget Bill for 2017 contains several initiatives and reforms to safeguard an open and accessible cultural heritage. The proposals include committing resources to digitisation of the Swedish film heritage and to more museums so as to promote democracy and increase participation.

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: Viktor Holm/Folio

Continued efforts for a Sweden that stands together – Government to invest SEK 132 million

The Government is mobilising efforts to foster an open and democratic society. Initiatives within the framework of ‘a Sweden that stands together’ were presented in the 2016 Spring Fiscal Policy Bill. This work will continue with additional initiatives for a society with open meeting places, more local cultural activities and an enhanced civil society, as well as measures against discrimination, extremism, threats and hate. A total of SEK 132 million is being committed in the Budget Bill for 2017 and the autumn amending budget for 2016.

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.

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