COMPENDIUM CULTURAL POLICIES AND TRENDS IN EUROPE
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Sweden/ 4. Current issues in cultural policy development and debate

4.1 Main cultural policy issues and priorities

A Cultural Policy Bill was passed by the parliament, setting new objectives for Swedish cultural policy.

4.2 Specific policy issues and recent debates

4.2.7 Intercultural dialogue: actors, strategies, programmes

A national project (2013-2015) will study how museums influence the perception of national identity.

Sweden/ 4.2 Specific policy issues and recent debates

4.2.9 Employment policies for the cultural sector

Changes in the unemployment insurance rules have been feared to harm artist groups with short-term employment contracts, although the impact on the cultural sector is not yet clear.

5.3 Sector specific legislation

5.3.4 Literature and libraries

From the beginning of 2014 municipalities and counties must have library plans, responsible for all public libraries in their area.

6.2 Public cultural expenditure

6.2.1 Aggregated indicators

Public culture expenditure, at all levels of government, per capita in 2012 was 274 EUR compared to 278 EUR in 2011.

6. Financing of culture

6.3. Trends and indicators for private cultural financing

Crowd funding and sponsorship in public cultural institutions in Sweden is increasing, but at a slow pace.

6. Financing of culture

6.3. Trends and indicators for private cultural financing

Civil society volunteering in arts and culture estimate a contribution of 16 million hours, an average of 100 hours per volunteer per year.

8.2 Cultural consumption and participation

8.2.1 Trends and figures

The last survey of cultural activity showed 40% of adults attended theatres, 16% classical concerts, 48% visited museums, and 53% public libraries.

8.3 Arts and cultural education

8.3.4 Higher arts education and professional training

On 1 January 2014, three universities of the arts merged into the new Stockholm University of the Arts.