budget 2009

Business and Culture Come Closer

The government has unveiled 8.7 million US dollars in spending to connect the world of culture and business morel closely - but has also made it clear that the arts are still to be seen as important in the ir own right.

Sweden's Trade and Industry minister Maud Olofsson and Culture Minister Lena Adelsohn announced on Thursday that Swedish design and innovation needs a helping hand to allow cultural innovators to sell their ideas better - with a special emphasis on green ideas. So far there are no exact details of what the money will be spent on.