The County Councils, or regional governments (landsting), numbering 18, plus 2 specially regulated regions, are tax-levying authorities on the regional level headed by elected assemblies. They are mainly responsible for regional health services, but also provide support for regional theatres, orchestras, museums, and libraries (mainly county and hospital libraries). Under the Cultural Cooperation Model, (see chapter 2.1) each county council or other regional authority submits a culture plan for the region to the Swedish Arts Council. After this plan has been approved, the regional authority is granted government funding for the support of arts and culture in the region, including the regional cultural institutions.
Regional governments provide 15% of the total public expenditure on culture.