Press release from Ministry of Culture

Crisis support to several government-funded cultural institutions

Published

The Government, the Centre Party and the Liberals are proposing support of SEK 319 million in 2020 for several state-funded cultural institutions, including the Vasa Museum, Skansen open-air museum, the Royal Dramatic Theatre, the Royal Swedish Opera, Riksteatern and Ájtte for lost revenue due to the new coronavirus.

The coronavirus pandemic has had a major impact on Sweden’s cultural institutions, which have been forced to close or experienced a huge drop in visitor numbers. As state museums, performing arts institutions and cultural activities that receive government support also depend on revenue from visitors, several institutions have already suffered significant financial difficulties. The Government, the Centre Party and the Liberals therefore propose a temporary and targeted financial support to enable these institutions to survive the crisis and to ensure that cultural life and cultural heritage can continue to be preserved, developed and be accessible when these institutions reopen.

The organisations covered by this support include performing arts institutions that are directly funded by the Government, fee-funded activities with a requirement for full cost coverage, along with certain state-funded museums and cultural institutions to which the Government allocate annual funding in government decisions. The exact size of the compensation for each organisation has not yet been decided, but will be based on the revenue loss that the institutions have reported to the Government.

Organisations and activities affected:

  • Ájtte, the Swedish Mountain and Sami Museum
  • Bildmuseet (contemporary international art museum)
  • Cosmonova, which is part of the Swedish Museum of Natural History
  • The contract archaeology service at the National Historical Museums
  • Form/Design Center
  • The Swedish Society of Crafts and Design
  • The Jewish Museum in Stockholm
  • Kungliga Dramatiska teatern AB
  • Kungliga Operan AB
  • Nobel Prize Museum
  • Riksteatern (Sweden’s National Touring Theatre)
  • The Röhsska Museum of Design and Craft
  • The Museum of Work Foundation
  • The Bergman Center Foundation on Fårö
  • Carl and Olga Milles’ Lidingöhem Foundation
  • Dansens Hus Foundation (contemporary dance venue)
  • The foundations Dance Museum Fund and Rolf de Maré Memorial Fund
  • Drottningholm Palace Theatre Foundation
  • Nordic Museum Foundation
  • Prince Eugen’s Waldemarsudde Foundation (art museum)
  • Skansen Foundation
  • Strindberg Museum Foundation
  • National Museum of Science and Technology Foundation
  • Thiel Gallery Foundation
  • The Prison Museum of Sweden
  • Unga Klara AB (children’s and youth theatre)
  • Vasa Museum, which is part of the Swedish National Maritime and Transport Museums
  • Voksenåsen
  • The Zorn Collections

Press contact

Josefin Sasse
Press Secretary to the Minister for Culture and Democracy, with responsibility for sport Amanda Lind
Phone (switchboard) +46 8 405 10 00
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