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Press release from Ministry of Culture

Emergency support and incentives to sport


The Government proposes allocating an additional SEK 1.02 billion to mitigate the economic impact of the spread of COVID-19, to facilitate a restart of activities once the situation allows and to contribute to gender-equal and equitable sports activities. The proposal is based on an agreement between the government parties, the Centre Party and the Liberal Party.

It is very important that the sports movement can conduct activities based on the current rate of infection, and above all is able to start up once the situation allows, particularly with regard to children’s and young people’s health and well-being. The restrictions and general advice introduced due to COVID-19 have had a negative economic impact on the sports sector.

The Government therefore wants to extend the emergency support distributed to sport and allocate funds so that actors can start up their activities again in an infection-safe manner once the situation allows.

In all, it is proposed that sport be allocated an additional SEK 1.02 billion for emergency support and incentives in 2021.

Emergency support is intended to mitigate the impact of the pandemic on sports activities throughout the country, particularly on children and young people. The support will help sports association survive and contribute to being able to start up gender-equal and equitable sports activities. The final distribution of the support will be carried out via the Swedish Sports Confederation in dialogue with specialised sports federations.

This proposal means that the Government, in cooperation with the Centre Party and the Liberal Party, has proposed a total of SEK 1 355 billion in emergency support and incentives to sport in 2021.

This support is necessary to facilitate a restart. In addition, the Government is presenting support to organisers of events planned for the period July–December 2021 that cannot be held or must be greatly limited due to the restrictions resulting from the spread of COVID-19.


Press contact

Desha Svenneborg
Press Secretary to the Minister for Culture and Democracy, with responsibility for sport Amanda Lind
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