Maria Larsson, the Minister for Elderly Care and Public Health

Parents to Get More State Support

Swedish parents of children up to 18 years are to receive more support by the state.

As the Minister for Elderly Care and Public Health Maria Larsson explained to Swedish Radio news, her government plans to provide Sweden’s municipalities with 22 million dollars in order to initiate specific parental courses.

Larsson added that diseases like obesity and depression among teenagers show that many parents are not capable of raising their children adequately. Even though an increasing number of parents face severe difficulties bringing up their children, the courses will not be obligatory.

According to the government plan, Sweden’s municipalities will finance the parental courses themselves by 2010.

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