Promoting reading outside schools

The Swedish Arts Council
Key objectives of the measure:

In 2014 the Swedish Arts Council was commissioned by the Government to draw up an action plan to promote reading outside schools. The aim of this work is to:

• turn people who can read into readers

• open doors to literature for non-readers

• increase access to a wide range of literature in different languages and in different formats for readers of all ages

• give more people an opportunity to experience art through literature

• remove obstacles to reading, broaden repertoire and improve readers’ self-confidence and identity as a reader


The Swedish Arts Council prioritises initiatives geared towards the following target groups:

• Children and adults with a mother tongue other than Swedish

• Children and adults who belong to one of the national minorities

• Children and adults with disabilities

• Children and adults who do not read or read very little

Scope of the measure:
Nature of the measure:
Main feature of the measure:

To promote reading outside schools

Results expected through the implementation of the measure:

To give more people an opportunity to experience art through literature, both young people and adults.

Financial resources allocated to implement the measure:

SEK 15 million was earmarked for promoting reading in 2015

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