The Ministry of Culture is headed by Minister for Culture Jeanette Gustafsdotter. Around 110 people work at the Ministry. Most of the staff are non-political officials who retain their positions even in the event of a change of government or minister.
The Minister’s closest senior official is the State Secretary, who is responsible for leading the daily work. The Ministry also has political advisers and a press secretary, who are politically appointed members of the Minister’s staff. The press secretary is responsible for communication with journalists. Unlike other Government Offices officials, the Minister and political appointees leave their posts when there is a change of government.
Alongside the State Secretary, the Ministry of Culture has one senior official who is not politically recruited, namely the Director-General for Administrative and Legal Affairs. The responsibilities of the Director-General for Administrative and Legal Affairs include ensuring that legislative proposals for primary legislation and other regulations are prepared and processed lawfully, consistently and uniformly.
Divisions and secretariats
The Ministry has four divisions and three secretariats which are led by non-politically appointed officials. The Ministry’s divisions and the Legal Secretariat are responsible for daily operations related to the Ministry’s policy work. The divisions prepare matters for government decisions. One of their most important tasks is to produce background material to support government bills in their area of responsibility. The divisions are also responsible for communication with government agencies under the Ministry.
Division for Civil Society and National Minorities
The Division for Civil Society and National Minorities is responsible for matters regarding:
- coordination and development of general matters concerning conditions for civil society,
- coordination of government grants to civil society organisations,
- grants to and general matters concerning public meeting places,
- coordination and development of youth policy matters, including youth policy objectives and the cross-sectoral objectives structure for youth policy,
- development of and conditions for youth organisations,
- faith communities,
- burials and cremations,
- national minorities in Sweden, and development and coordination of related issues, and
- Sami language and culture.
Division for the Arts
The Division for the Arts is responsible for matters regarding:
- visual arts,
- art museums,
- libraries, literature and cultural periodicals,
- grants to artistic activities;
- remuneration and grants to artists,
- subsidies for regional culture activities,
- performing arts,
- contributions to non-state cultural buildings,
- central government initiatives for municipal cultural schools, and
The division is also responsible for coordinating matters relating to children and young people in the area of culture, gender equality in the area of culture, internationalisation of cultural life and Nordic collaboration in the cultural and media spheres.
Division for Cultural Heritage and Living Environment
The Division for Cultural Heritage and Living Environment is responsible for matters regarding:
- form and design,
- the cultural environment,
- museums, and
- the Swedish language.
The division is responsible for coordination of Ministry-related issues regarding research in the cultural area, the cultural and creative industries, and environmental issues. The division is responsible for coordination of Ministry-related issues regarding the Illis quorum meruere labores medal and the award of the honorary title of professor, and preparation of other medal awards.
Division for Media and Democracy
The Division for Media and Democracy is responsible for matters regarding:
- daily newspapers,
- new media services,
- radio and television,
- access to media,
- measures against harmful media effects,
- general elections and electoral participation,
- conditions of elected representatives,
- citizen participation and influence in democratic decision-making processes,
- protecting the democratic conversation from threats and hate speech, and
- protecting democracy against anti-democratic efforts.
The Legal Secretariat is responsible for legislative matters and other legislative work. It is also responsible for:
- ensuring the legality, consistency and uniformity of the Ministry’s work,
- inquiries and information regarding legal issues,
- participation in international negotiations of a legal nature
- support to the Director-General for Administrative and Legal Affairs, and
- overall quality assurance issues.
International Affairs Secretariat
The International Affairs Secretariat is responsible for:
- overarching coordination and development of the Ministry’s international work;
- coordination of EU issues;
- planning and coordination of the Ministry leadership’s international meetings, visits and travel;
- issues concerning counsellors for cultural affairs at Swedish missions abroad;
- support and advice to the Ministry leadership and the Ministry’s divisions and secretariats on EU issues and other international issues; and
- certain other international issues concerning more than one division.
Secretariat for Leadership Support and Management
The Secretariat for Leadership Support and Management is responsible for coordinating budget and governance issues and internal accounting, planning and follow-up.