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

Alice Bah Kuhnke
Alice Bah Kuhnke Minister for Culture and Democracy

Responsible ministry

News about culture

  • SEK 250 million for better libraries throughout the country

    Photo: Riitta Supperi/Folio

    The Government proposes that SEK 250 million be allocated each year in 2018–2020 to increase the range and accessibility of library activities throughout the country. A total of SEK 25 million per year of this investment will be provided to the cultural cooperation model, which allocates funds to libraries and activities to promote reading and literature. The Budget Bill for 2018 is based on an agreement between the Government and the Left Party.

  • Ingmar Bergman centenary initiatives

    Photo: Ministry of Finance/Government Offices

    On 14 July 2018, Ingmar Bergman would have celebrated his 100th birthday. He was one of Sweden’s internationally most renowned and important artists ever. The Budget Bill for 2018 proposes allocating grants to the Royal Dramatic Theatre, the Ingmar Bergman Foundation, the Fårö Bergman Centre Foundation and the Swedish Film Institute for initiatives to highlight the centenary nationally and internationally.

Photo: Aliyev Alexei Sergeevich/Folio

SEK 115 million to enhance artistic freedom

To enhance artistic freedom throughout the country, the Government proposes an investment totalling SEK 115 million per year in the Budget Bill for 2018. This investment represents an increase of the grants and remunerations allocated directly to artists, independent performing arts groups and cultural publications.

Photo: Ministry of Finance/Government Offices

Government invests in free genealogy research

The Government proposes that the appropriation to the National Archives be increased by SEK 10 million from 2018 to abolish fees to access digital archive material. This will make some 100 million digital archive images freely available, reducing costs for private individuals to conduct genealogy or area research.

Photo: Thure Wikberg/TT

Sweden to get its first national stage for children and young people

The Government has decided to make the ‘Unga Klara’ theatre company a national theatre institute for children and young people as of 2018. State support for the theatre company will amount to an estimated SEK 16.2 million in 2018, and then SEK 15.4 million per year. This means that state support to Unga Klara will be more than doubled compared with today.

Photo: Ministry of Finance/Government Offices

Digital library initiative to improve source criticism

The Government proposes in the Budget Bill for 2018 to give the National Library of Sweden an extra SEK 25 million per year for three years. The aim is to improve people’s digital skills and ability to critically appraise sources.

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