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Cultural magazines get their funding back

Published fredag 19 december 2014 kl 16.56
Svenska kulturtidskrifter på Kulturnytts redaktion. Foto: Rebecka Ljung/Sveriges Radio
Swedish cultural magazines get to keep their funding. Photo: Rebecka Ljung/Sveriges Radio

Cultural magazines across the country are breathing a sigh of relief, as the centre-right alliance backtracks on cutting their funding by 75 percent. Instead support for regional culture will feel the blow.

The proposal to cut SEK 15 million - equal to 75 percent of the current levels - from the funding for small cultural magazines was a proposal from the four centre-right alliance parties. But after protests this week and a debate in Parliament on Thursday, the alliance is now proposing to take the money from the support to regional culture. Regional culture is allotted around SEK 1.3 billion in support in the budget.

The deputy chair of the Committee on Cultural Affairs, social democrat Gunilla C Carlsson, says she is happy that the cultural magazines get to keep their support, but says Sweden is already investing too little in culture.

"Of course it will have an impact," she told Swedish Radio. "It might not mean that organisations will have to shut down, but it's difficult to envision the consequences of this decision. We'll see when the regions might find themselves forced to not fund local projects."

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