Obstacles for Youth Opinion

Young Swedes are finding it harder to have their opinions heard and engage in politics, according to a report published today by the National Board for Youth Affairs.

The report says that local municipalities have cut back on both youth politics programs and other initiatives that allow teenagers to speak out, leaving young people under-represented in political parties and organisations.

While being disengaged with the decision-making processes, many young Swedes want to play a part.

A spokesperson from the Board for Youth Affairs says that young people today are interested in politics, involved with it and keen to express their interest in different ways. But according to the report, few municipalities are providing forums for young people to say what they think and to influence change.

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