Civil society and sport

Civil society refers to the arena – separate from the state, the market and the individual household – in which people come together to take collective action around shared interests. Civil society includes networks, non-profit organisations and registered faith communities. The Government’s policy for civil society provides opportunities to create organisations, receive state aid and encourage people to become involved and conduct activities. Sports policy forms a specific part of the policy for civil society.

Responsible for civil society and sport

Responsible minister

Amanda Lind, Minister for Culture and Democracy, with responsibility for sport
Amanda Lind Minister for Culture and Democracy, with responsibility for sport

Responsible ministry

News about civil society and sport

  • More restrictions to be removed from 29 September

    Image showing timeline for lifting of restrictions 29th of september 2021
    More restrictions to be removed from 29 September. Image: Government Offices of Sweden

    The government has previously presented a plan for how the advice and restrictions introduced in response to the COVID-19 pandemic are to be adapted and removed. At a press conference on 7 September, the government announced that restrictions on attendance numbers at public gatherings and events are planned to be removed as of 29 September 2021.

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  • The Government invests in culture and democracy

    “The extensive cultural initiatives presented today show that the Government prioritises culture. A living cultural life – accessible to everyone – provides education as well as cultural and intellectual stimulation, and helps deepen our democracy.” So says Minister for Culture and Democracy Alice Bah Kuhnke following the Government’s presentation of the Budget Bill to the Riksdag today.

  • Culture strengthened in Spring Fiscal Policy Bill

    In the Government’s Spring Fiscal Policy Bill, which is being published today, initiatives are presented that are intended to strengthen the conditions for creativity, participation and diversity in Sweden. The Government’s initiatives include increasing the allocation to the Creative Schools initiative, drafting a national library strategy and initiating an extensive education campaign about racism and intolerance.

  • When the public sector out-competes civil society

    On Tuesday 28 April, the joint forum for consultation between the Government and civil society met again. This time the theme was ‘When the public sector out-competes civil society’. In the joint forum, representatives of the Government and civil society discuss how the conditions for civil society organisations could be improved.