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Press release from Ministry of Culture

Emergency support and incentives to sport


The Government proposes allocating an additional SEK 600 million to sport to mitigate the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, facilitate the resumption of activities once the situation allows and 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 – particularly for children’s and young people’s health and wellbeing – that the sports movement is able to continue to operate based on the current rate of infection and, above all, resume activities once the situation allows. The restrictions and general advice introduced due to COVID-19 have had a negative economic impact on sports activities.

The Government therefore wants to extend the emergency support to sport and allocate funds to the sports movement to resume activities in a COVID-safe manner once the situation allows.

In all, the Government proposes that sport be allocated an additional SEK 600 million for emergency support and incentives in 2021.

The emergency support is intended to mitigate the impact of the pandemic on sports activities throughout the country, particularly for children and young people. The support will offer a lifeline to sports associations and contribute to the resumption of gender-equal and equitable sports activities. The support will ultimately be distributed via the Swedish Sports Confederation in dialogue with the 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 1 955 billion in emergency support and incentives to sport in 2021.


Press contact

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