All 19 counties established cultural boards and administrations during the 1970s. These are independent regional and local cultural administrations responsible to the county councils. Since the 1990s, many counties have reorganised their cultural boards and administration, and integrated them into broader units, e.g. into regional development units.
The responsibilities of regional authorities include self-defined initiatives and subsidies for regional cultural activities and subsidies for regional institutions, which are partly state-funded and regulated by formal agreements on a shared responsibility.