Jeanette Gustafsdotter

Jeanette Gustafsdotter

Minister for Culture

Ministry of Culture

“Freedom of expression is one of the foundations of democracy and must be safeguarded. Threats and hate against freedom of speech are unacceptable, and the freedom of art must be defended at all times. Culture must be accessible to all and contribute to reducing segregation, for example, through secure living environments and free access to literature. Culture will emerge from the crisis stronger and have the best conditions for a jumpstart.”

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  • SEK 30 million to civil society’s humanitarian work in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

    On Thursday 17 March, the Government decided to allocate SEK 30 million for civil society’s efforts related to reception of refugees in Sweden.

    “Civil society organisations and faith communities are key to successfully receiving refugees. This became clear in the 2015 refugee crisis, when civil society demonstrated a strong capacity to act swiftly and flexibly. It is therefore vital that we can now allocate these funds and make them available as soon as possible,” says Minister for Culture Jeanette Gustafsdotter.

  • Sweden’s cooperation with Russian and Belarusian cultural actors

    Sweden condemns in the strongest possible terms Russia’s unprovoked, illegal and unjustifiable aggression against Ukraine. Russia’s actions are an attack on the European security order, and European countries now stand in solidarity with Ukraine and the Ukrainian people. Extensive sanctions have been imposed in a short period of time against Russia and the Russian central government. The Government is now continuing to push for sanctions against Russia, support to Ukraine and strengthening Sweden.

    “Culture plays a key role for freedom of expression and democratisation, not least in times of war. Support must therefore be given to those who voice support for democracy, including artists, journalists and cultural actors. That’s why as Minister for Culture, it is one of my top priorities to support free speech, artistic freedom and individual artists and journalists in every way that the Government and I can,” says Minister for Culture Jeanette Gustafsdotter.

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