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Sweden/ 4.2 Specific policy issues and recent debates  

4.2.7 Intercultural dialogue: actors, strategies, programmes

Supporting intercultural dialogue is recognised as one of the main objectives of Swedish cultural policy and has several measures to support it. This is primarily considered an objective that should be promoted in all areas by mainstreaming it as a priority for all government agencies. As a main objective of cultural policy, this will be evaluated by the new Government Agency for Cultural Analysis. See also chapter 4.2.4 and chapter 4.2.5.

The National Museums of World Culture is a government agency responsible for the Museum of World Culture in Gothenburg, as well as for three museums in Stockholm. As a government agency, it is ”aimed at adapting the collections of historical and ethnographic museums to the globalisation process, as well as to accelerating intercontinental migration and multicultural society“. The Museum of World Culture states as its mission to ”in dialogue with others [be] a forum for emotional and intellectual encounters that help people feel at home wherever they are, trust each other and accept joint responsibility for the planets constantly changing future.”

In line with the objective of including inter-cultural dialogue, several institutions and government agencies run projects and activities in this area. The Arts Grants Committee runs a studio programme for visual artists (IASPIS), open to artists from Sweden and from abroad. The Swedish Institute has grants for international exchange within the arts, science, and media. There is also a system of state income guarantees, through which about 160 artists are guaranteed a minimum annual income.

Additional Resources:

Government's overall approach to intercultural dialogue

Database of Good Practice on Intercultural Dialogue

Key Resources

Chapter published: 16-05-2017

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