A Swedish culture canon: a celebration of Swedish culture, or a 'waste of energy'?

7:40 min
  • The government and the Sweden Democrats want to introduce a Swedish cultural canon, a kind of list of different types of Swedish cultural works that will be put together by independent expert committees.

  • But is it a way to celebrate Swedish culture, or a kind of authoritarianism? A way to stimulate the cultural debate, or a waste of time and energy?

  • Radio Sweden spoke to educators working at Scandinavian Studies departments at universities and colleges in Minnesota, Berlin, Copenhagen and Helsinki to hear their views on the pros and cons of a Swedish cultural canon.