Below you can find some highlights of recent developments of cultural policy in Sweden:
- By July 2021 revenue in artistic activities had decreased by 18.6 percent, according to preliminary statistics from the Arts Grants Committee.
- In September 2021, the Commission for the Restart of Culture proposed significant financial measures in the years 2022–2024, and after 2024.
- A review of the effects of political control on artistic freedom was delivered by the Swedish Agency for Cultural Policy Analysis in 2021, identifying four main threats to artistic freedom.
- The employment situation of artists and cultural professionals became significantly more problematic during the Covid-19 pandemic, and large numbers of people have left the field.
- Work to improve electronic access to the arts and culture has acquired increased urgency during the Covid-19 pandemic.
- The National Heritage Board, in collaboration with the Swedish Arts Council, has been commissioned to address increased risks of damage and loss of building-related public works of art in 20th century cultural environments.
- In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the national budgets for arts and culture increased significantly in the last two years.