Ministry of Culture


Government industry coordinator Nina Wormbs presents plan for digitisation of Swedish radio

On 30 November, Minister for Culture and Democracy Alice Bah Kuhnke received the plan for the digitisation of Swedish radio. The Inquiry report was presented by the Government's industry coordinator Nina Wormbs.
"The issue of a possible transition to digital terrestrial radio has been discussed for a long time. It is now important that the Inquiry report is circulated widely for comments to gain the best possible feedback on how we should handle the issue in the future," says Ms Bah Kuhnke.

Linda Zachrison new Counsellor for Cultural Affairs in Washington

Linda Zachrison Photo: Petra Hellberg

On 27 November 2014, the Government appointed Linda Zachrison as new Counsellor for Cultural Affairs to the Swedish Embassy in Washington. Ms Zachrison is currently Artistic Director at Parkteatern in Stockholm and was previously Managing Director for Cirkus Cirkör.

"In Linda Zachrison, we have a Counsellor for Cultural Affairs who has an acknowledged ability to develop activities in cooperation with others, broad experience of various parts of cultural life and a large network of contacts. I am therefore very pleased to be able to appoint Ms Zachrison to this important position," says Minister for Culture and Democracy Alice Bah Kuhnke.

Closing conference on future film funding

On 2 October, major sections of the film industry were invited to a conference on the work to shape future film policy. Today saw the conclusion of the process of presenting participants' results, concrete measures and proposals. The aim of the creative process is to develop broad, relevant and forward-looking material to meet the challenges faced by Swedish film.

"The artistic breadth of film is vital to our democracy and for understanding ourselves, our society and its development. The Government's goal is to finalise its view of the direction and concrete formulation of the future film policy as soon as possible, and then circulate these ideas for consultation," says Minister for Culture and Democracy Alice Bah Kuhnke.

The starting points of the process have been:
- Development, continuity
- Risk-taking and financial predictability
- Screening formats and business models

In 2015, the Government will prepare background material and formulate future film funding.

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Areas of responsibility

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.

Counsellors for Cultural Affairs

The overall task of Swedens's Counsellors for Cultural Affairs posted abroad is to promote the role of culture in contacts with other countries and to encourage cultural dialogue. Cultural Affairs Counsellors are currently stationed at Sweden's embassies in Berlin, London, Istanbul, Moscow, Beijing and Washington, and at the Permanent Representation of Sweden to the European Union in Brussels. There is also a combined post of Head of the Swedish Cultural Centre in Paris and Counsellor for Cultural Affairs at the Embassy in Paris.

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