An aerial view of Swedish Radio's and Swedish Television's headquarters in Stockholm.
Swedish Radio's and Swedish Television's headquarters in Stockholm. Credit: Bertil Ericson / TT

Government moves forward with public service funding reform

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Culture and Democracy Minister Alice Bah Kuhnke said on Thursday the government is backing the idea to establish an income-based to fund Sweden's public service media.

The fee would be based on one's income and would be capped at roughly SEK 1,300 per year - about half of what the current TV-license fee costs. And, if you don't have an income, you don't pay a fee.

The money collected would not become part of the normal state budget, to help keep it independence from politicians.

But the new system would also be obligatory. Right now only people who have a TV must pay, and some of those do don't even report buying a TV to evade paying the license.

The main reason for the change is that fewer people are buying televisions these days. Bah Kuhnke said sales of TV have dropped more than 30 percent since 2010.

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