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Positive trend for participation in culture and media

The report is the third coordinated follow-up of the Government's strategy for the implementation of disability policy. It describes developments in twelve priority areas, two of which are culture and media.
Today the Swedish Agency for Participation released a report on disability policy entitled "What's Up in 2014?". The report reveals progress in the area of culture and media. 47 per cent of county administrative boards and county museums consider that easily eliminated obstacles have been dealt with at the county's cultural sites. This compares with 19 per cent in the previous year. In the media area, the report shows that in 2013, cinemas offered some 9 900 subtitled screenings. This is almost three times as many as in 2012. The accessibility requirement included in the Swedish Arts Council's grant award process is also held up as a good example.

Government support for sport - 2013 follow-up

Today, 15 May, the Swedish National Centre for Research in Sports presented its in-depth analysis of good ethical standards in sports. The analysis has mainly focused on issues with legal and financial dimensions, and on governance and management issues. The findings are summarised in the report 'Government support for sport - 2013 follow-up'.

The report was commissioned on 14 December 2012.

Review of public value testing of new services at public service companies

The Government today instructed the Swedish Broadcasting Authority to review the system of public value testing of new services at SR (Swedish Radio), SVT (Swedish Television) and UR (the Swedish Educational Broadcasting Company). The Authority is to investigate the possible need to tighten up the requirement concerning declaration of new services, particularly in view of the fact that no new service has yet been declared for public value testing since 2010.

"It is essential that the system of public value testing works," says Minister for Culture Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth.

Lässurr and creativity inspired by football book

On Wednesday 14 May, Minister for Culture Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth visited Viktoriaskolan in Kalmar to hear about the project Lässurr ('Reading buzz'), which involves reading and creative activity. The Minister visited class 2b, who had read a book during the winter about football, relationships and fair play. After reading the book, the children met the author and built a football pitch inspired by the book they had read. The project has received money from the Swedish Arts Council as part of the Creative Schools initiative and has been conducted jointly by schools and libraries on Öland.

Children read, dogs listen quietly

On Tuesday 13 May, Minister for Culture Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth visited Linnaeus University in Växjö, which is engaged in an educational development project on children's reading called 'the book dog'.

Using stories written by Astrid Lindgren, children aged between 6 and 18 read aloud to a dog. The target group includes children who have difficulty reading, writing and speaking, children who are difficult to motivate when it comes to reading and children who already enjoy reading. The dog has a soothing effect on the child in a situation in which many children feel stressed.

The method is used in the United States and other countries and is now being adapted to Swedish conditions. The project has received funding from the Swedish Inheritance Fund and will be conducted in cooperation with schools and libraries. Within the project a special training programme will be designed for dogs and their handlers, in order to make sure that they function well as a team.

Language Council Day 2014

Language Council Day (Språkrådsdagen) took place on 8 May. This year the theme was: "The power of language and the language of power". Minister for Culture Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth presented the Plain Swedish Crystal to the Swedish Board of Agriculture and the Minority Language Prize to Fred Taikon.

Language Council Day


Language Council Day (Språkrådsdagen) is an annual event organised by the Language Council of Sweden. At this event, three major annual 'language cultivation' prizes are awarded:
- the Erik Wellander Prize for language cultivation research,
- the Plain Swedish Crystal for clear and comprehensible language used by a public authority, and
- the Minority Language Prize for the promotion and protection of minority languages in Sweden.

Swedish Agency for Accessible Media prepares to assume responsibility for easy-to-read

Today the Government instructed the Swedish Agency for Accessible Media to prepare to take over the responsibility for easy-to-read news and literature currently exercised by the Centre for Easy-to-Read.
"The Swedish Agency for Accessible Media already works to promote reading among groups with special needs. So it's natural for the Agency to be responsible for easy-to-read as well," says Minister for Culture Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth.

Government proposal to the Riksdag on 17 June


Assuming that the Riksdag approves the Government's proposal, government support for the Centre for Easy-to-Read will be discontinued on 31 December 2014.
The Agency will take over responsibility for easy-to-read news and literature on 1 January 2015. The Agency will also become a national knowledge centre for accessible media, with a scientific council and a user council.

Conference on a positive fan culture

On 7 May, Rose-Marie Frebran, the Government's coordinator for fan culture, brought representatives of clubs, the police and fans together for a one-day conference.

"The most important thing is to focus on what is positive. But what is a positive fan culture? We must help one another to define it. Because we've been here before and this time something has to happen. We all know that sports are a matter of the heart, of emotions and passion. But that's not enough. The way forward must go via a warm heart, a cool head and clean hands," said Ms Frebran.

Highlighting positive fan culture


The aim of the conference was to clarify how efforts to promote a positive fan culture can be
highlighted, strengthened and developed as part of creating attractive events that draw a broad spectrum of spectators to our football stadiums.

Even in Sweden freedom of the press is under threat

Minister for Culture Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth and Minister for EU Affairs Birgitta Ohlsson have written an opinion piece on the freedom of the press on the occasion of World Press Freedom Day on 3 May.
"The goal is clear: everyone exercising their human right to express themselves must be able to do so without risk of reprisals. One journalist who is threatened, harassed, imprisoned or killed in their work is one too many."

Free use of National Archives' digital archives for schools and libraries

The Government decided today, 30 April, that use of the National Archives' digital archives will be free for public libraries, the school system, folk high schools and higher education institutions. Abolishing the current subscription fee and providing free access for public libraries, the school system, etc. to the Digital Research Room's online information (SVAR), will improve access.