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A concerted effort for a Sweden that keeps together

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In the spring budget for 2016, the Government is focusing on safeguarding our open society and democracy, and combating polarisation, racism and violent extremism. SEK 31.5 million will go to measures in 2016 for a Sweden that keeps together.

This is proposed in the Government’s spring budget for 2016 following an agreement with the Left Party.

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Today, there is risk of an increasingly divided society. There are groups and organisations in our country doing all they can to set various population groups against each other, and that view people with a background from other countries as the main problem in society. It is also far too common that politicians, journalists and other opinion-makers are subjected to hatred and threats.

For this reason, the Government is focusing efforts on a Sweden that keeps together – where a diversity of opinions and lifestyles can meet and enrich each other; where democratic conversations can be held in an open social climate and respect for the value of all people and efforts to combat racism and discrimination are key. Sweden is, and has long been, an open country, receptive to knowledge, culture, lifestyles and innovations from around the world. At a time when these values are under threat, it is more important than ever to defend them.

Increased support for work to combat violent extremism

The advance of violent extremism and terrorism is a serious concern, and people are worried about terrorist attacks and extremist violence. The Government is therefore investing an additional SEK 18 million in 2016 in efforts to combat violent extremism. SEK 8 million will go to measures taken by municipalities together with civil society. SEK 10 million will go to preventive work in schools, using the 'Kungälv model'. This work focuses mainly on young people who are in or near violent extremist environments.

Everyone should be able to take part in the democratic conversation

Polarisation risks creating a tougher climate for discussions. When people are silenced or become silent due to threats and hatred, it becomes a threat to democracy. There is a great need to safeguard the democratic conversation so as to ensure that everyone can take part without anxiety or fear. The Government is therefore preparing an action plan to guard against threats to the democratic conversation. SEK 3 million will be provided in 2016 for preparatory data collection on threats and hatred.

More support for civil society efforts to combat racism and similar forms of hostility

Civil society organisations are central actors in creating conditions for a Sweden that keeps together. In the shadow of developments over the past year, including arson at asylum centres and racist murders, the Government sees a need for concerted efforts in 2016. SEK 7 million will be devoted to civil society efforts to combat racism and similar forms of hostility, and to special initiatives to strengthen public preparedness to manage crises with racist overtones.

The Living History Forum must reach more people

The Living History Forum will be allocated an additional SEK 3.5 million in 2016. The aim is to provide better conditions for the authority to reach many places in Sweden and people in various social groups. The Living History Forum can reach more people through regional projects, and thus more forcefully promote work on democracy, tolerance and human rights.

Ministers on this page who have left the government

Between 3 October 2014 and 20 January 2019 she was Minister for Culture and Democracy.

Ministers on this page who have left the government

Between 3 October 2014 and 20 January 2019 she was Minister for Culture and Democracy.