Gov't grants free entry to state-funded museums next year

It will soon be free to visit some of the state-funded museums in Sweden. Starting next year, the government will spend SEK 80 million to get rid of the entrance fees at 17 museums across the country, Swedish Radio News reports. 

The proposal was part of the red-green government's budget last year, but was voted down in parliament. Now, the proposal has support from the Left Party and will come into effect at the start of next year.

It's still not clear whether visitors will have to pay for special exhibitions, however. That's still being reviewed by the Culture Ministry.

The following museums will get rid of their entrance fees starting next year: The Swedish Army Museum, The Museum of Ethnography, The Swedish Air Force Museum, The Hallwyl Museum, The Swedish History Museum, The Royal Coin Cabinet, The Royal Armoury, The Maritime Museum in Karlskrona, The Mediterranean Museum, The Museum of Modern Art in Stockholm and Malmö, The National Museum, The Swedish Museum of Natural History, The Maritime Museum in Stockholm, The Skokloster Castle, The Swedish Centre for Architecture and Design, The Museum of World Culture in Gothenburg and The Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities in Gothenburg.