Objectives and priorities for religious communities

In the Act on Support to Religious Communities, the Riksdag has adopted objectives for support to religious communities. This support is intended to enable religious communities to conduct active and long-term religious activities in the form of worship, pastoral care, teaching and social services.

The stained glass window in Fryshuset, Stockholm, contains Jewish, Christian and Muslim religious symbols. This stained glass window in Fryshuset, a youth centre in Stockholm, contains Jewish, Christian and Islamic religious symbols. Photo: Ester Sorri

What the Government wants

The Government wants to enable religious communities to conduct long-term religious activities in the form of worship, pastoral care, teaching, social services and more.

The Swedish Commission for Government Support to Faith Communities and the religious communities cooperate in addressing important issues, such as values, respect and tolerance.

Priorities for 2014

Central government will contribute to building new community premises and to buying, altering and renovating existing premises

The grant for premises enables communities to apply for a grant to build new premises or to buy, alter or renovate existing premises, and to make premises suitable for people with disabilities.

Central government will contribute to multi-faith spiritual care in the healthcare context

Spiritual care in the healthcare context is an important resource both for hospitals and for the individual.

Representatives of spiritual care also participate in training about religion and culture for hospital staff.

The grant is intended to be used, for example, to employ more hospital pastors, priests, deacons, nuns, imams and others in spiritual care activities in the healthcare context.

Budget

In 2014 support to religious communities amounts to SEK 77.7 million.