Sweden/ 5.1 General legislation  

5.1.3 Allocation of public funds

The allocation of public funds to arts and culture is not typically regulated by law in Sweden. Public funds are instead determined on a yearly basis by the parliament when deciding on the national budget. The only major exception to this rule has long been Public Service broadcasting, which is funded by TV licence fees regulated in law. Some regulations regarding the Cultural Cooperation Model are, furthermore, regulated in the Law on certain government grants to regional cultural activities (2010:1919).

In all other subfields of cultural policy, this lack of specific legislations is a characteristic feature of Swedish cultural policy. Objectives are instead decided on either by parliament decision (as with the general cultural policy goals) or in the specific instructions given either in the national budget (by annual parliament decision) or by the government.

Chapter published: 16-05-2017