Municipalities and county councils
Local self-government is enshrined in the Swedish Constitution and means that municipalities and county councils have the right of independent and free self-determination. Central government partly sets the framework for self-government through legislation and through its overall responsibility for ensuring that local government operates in a way that is compatible with a balanced economy.
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Government administration in Sweden
Sweden has three levels of government: national, regional and local. Regionally Sweden is divided into 21 counties. Political tasks at this level are undertaken on the one hand by the county councils, whose decision-makers are directly elected by the people of the county and, on the other, by the county administrative boards which are government bodies in the counties. At the local level, Sweden has 290 municipalities. Each municipality has an elected assembly, the municipal council, which takes decisions on municipal matters.
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Equal conditions for welfare and service throughout the country
Central government services throughout the country, equal access to quality welfare regardless of where you live, and strong consumer protection. Listen to Minister for Public Administration Ardalan Shekarabi talk about his priorities for this electoral period.
Barents: 25 years of successful cooperation
The Barents cooperation has laid the foundation for far-reaching people-to-people cooperation and high-level political dialogue in the European Arctic. The 25th anniversary of cooperation was marked by a seminar at the Permanent Mission of Sweden to the European Union on 5 June to highlight cooperation in an EU perspective and to look ahead.
Sub-target 1: Equal division of power and influence
The Government’s first gender equality policy sub-target is to achieve an ‘Equal distribution of power and influence’ in society and ensure that women and men have the same rights and opportunities to be active citizens and to shape the conditions for decision-making in all sectors of society.
The Government’s initiatives for a modern, accessible and equitable health care system – interview with the responsible minister, Annika Strandhäll
Swedish health care maintains high international standards. At the same time, it is facing challenges that need to be addressed. Annika Strandhäll, the minister responsible for health care, talks about the Government’s initiatives to create a modern, accessible and equitable health care system.