Sweden/ 5.3 Sector specific legislation  

5.3.6 Film, video and photography

Swedish film policy is regulated by an agreement between the national government, the film industry and the television companies. The agreement contains provisions governing revenue generation. The most important purposes for which funds are used include support for Swedish film production and support for distribution and exhibition of films throughout the country. The present agreement was entered into by the parties involved in September 2005 and has been extended until 31 December 2012. A new agreement was reached early in 2012 and will be in force from 2013-2015.

Until 2011, Sweden had a Law on Film Censorship, protecting the public from, e.g. overly violent content. Although this legislation was in force until recently, censorship was only seldom used. Following the recommendation of a government commission (SOU 2009:51) censorship for adults was abolished on 1 January 2011 (Government Bill 2009/10:228) and replaced by a Law on age limits for film that is to be shown publicly, (Swedish Code of Statutes  2010:1882). Similar objectives are now reached by The Swedish Media Council via age limits on films.

Chapter published: 16-05-2017