Youth participation in Sweden

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Is there a national youth council, representing young people in your country? If yes, please provide the name, number of member organisations and number of young members.

YES, The National Council of Swedish Youth Organisations, the LSU, was founded in 1948. Today the LSU operates as a platform on different matters, on international as well as national topics. Through this cooperation, all our member organisations can share experiences, run projects and influence society. The LSU is a coordinating body for 82 Swedish youth organisations. The members come from all kinds of organisations, from the party political youth organisations, student movements, religious organisations, environmentalists to chess players.

 

Is there a ministry dealing concretely with the youth affairs in your country? If yes, please provide the name of the ministry.

YES, The Ministry of Integration and Gender Equality

 

Does the government in your country has a specific youth policy/youth strategy?

YES

 

From what age are young people allowed to vote in the elections? If different age for different elections (parliamentary, local, regional, etc.), please specify.

All citizens are allowed to vote from the day they turn 18! Same limit in all elections.

 

From what age are young people allowed to be elected in the elections to the representative bodies? If different age for different elections (parliamentary, local, regional, etc.), please specify.

From 18!

 

Are there any youth participation initiatives at the local level (in municipalities), e.g. local youth parliaments/youth councils, meetings of young people with decision-makers? Please describe.

Yes, Ungdomsråd/Ungdomsfullmäktige. A board with youth in the local municipaliti are responding on local politic issues.

 

Are there youth participation/decision-making bodies at schools, e.g. school parliaments, student councils, etc.? Please describe.

Yes, Elevråd. Legally regulated board at every school!

 

Are there are youth parliaments or other youth participation bodies on the national level? Please describe.

No!

 

Is there any kind of education to youth participation/active citizenship included in the school curricula in your country, e.g. civic education? Please describe.

Yes, included in the school curricula

 

Do media inform about youth issues? Are young people involved in media and their production, e.g. as journalists? Please describe.

Sometimes, sometimes not,. There are several youth magazines made by youths. Media has a big impact on the public view of youths ( mostly from a negative perspective).

 

Are there youth information centres, official youth websites or other sources of youth information available for young people? Please describe.

Yes. Many. Both operated by the state or NGO

 

Are young people in your country informed about the European youth policy and its priorities? What do you think can be done to make young people aware about this? Please describe.

No, there is no general knowledge about the EU-strategy! There could be more information campains on for example internet.

 

Authors: AnjaOlin Pape, Jonatan Macznik
E-mail: Jonatan.macznik@gmail.com

The surveys were submitted by the participants of the YouthVoice project from the respective EU Member States. The questionnaires were part of their preparation for the Youth Voice project and each national group had to undertake a small research about youth participation in their country. The organisers cannot guarantee correctness of the answers.