Unsigned letter calls for his firing

Museum staff accuse director of nepotism

An anonymous letter sent from staff at Sweden's Natural History Museum has accused its director of nepotism and poor leadership and called for him to be fired, newspaper Dagens Nyheter reports.

The complaint alleged that Jan Olov Westerberg, who began working as director in 2008, provided posts at the museum to four of his friends and paid them higher wages than other employees.

The unsigned letter was sent to the Ministry of Culture complaining of Westerberg's leadership.

The newspaper reports it is unclear how many staff membesr are behind the letter. The Culture Ministry said it is looking into the matter and has contacted Westerberg.

"We take the allegations seriously," Ministry press secretary Catharina Henriksson said.

The museum's communications manager Christina Kåremo Sköldkvist said Westerberg denies that nepotism is behind his hiring practices.

"We had made a departure from the recruitment policy, but we felt we did the right thing," she told the newspaper.

The Natural History Museum in Stockholm is one of Sweden's largest museums, receiving some 500,000 visitors last year.