Municipalities and regions
Local self-government is enshrined in the Swedish Constitution and means that municipalities and regions 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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Plan for the event of new outbreaks of COVID-19
The number of people falling seriously ill with COVID-19 has decreased recently, but according to the Public Health Agency of Sweden there is a risk that new local and regional outbreaks could occur in Sweden. The Public Health Agency of Sweden, the National Board of Health and Welfare, the Medical Products Agency, the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency and the county administrative boards have therefore been instructed by the Government to produce a plan for the event of new outbreaks of COVID-19.
Economic measures in response to COVID-19
To mitigate the economic effects on society of the COVID-19 outbreak, several measures have been taken. The measures are intended to provide greater security for those affected by the pandemic by limiting the spread of the virus, combating the effects on businesses and jobs and providing financial security and transition opportunities for those who become unemployed. They are also intended to create the conditions for recovery after the crisis.
New measures to strengthen care of the elderly and health care during the COVID-19 crisis
As a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government, the Centre Party and the Liberal Party are today presenting new measures. A boost for care of the elderly is being implemented that means that employees in care of the elderly will be offered paid education and training during working hours. This will lead to more permanent positions.
Further additional funding to municipalities and regions
Many municipalities and regions have been hit hard financially by the ongoing outbreak of COVID-19. The Government, the Centre Party and the Liberal Party therefore intend to propose additional funding totalling SEK 22 billion in the spring amending budget for 2020, which will be presented on 15 April. This additional funding will be provided both as increased general government grants and an increased amount to cover additional health care and social services costs.
Additional amending budget due to the coronavirus
Due to the coronavirus, a proposal for an additional amending budget is being presented today. The proposal is based on an agreement between the Swedish Social Democratic Party, the Centre Party, the Liberal Party and the Green Party.
Global economy affecting well-equipped Sweden more and more clearly
Today, Minister for Finance Magdalena Andersson presented the Ministry of Finance’s latest forecast for economic development and the situation in the municipal sector.
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.
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.