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Statistics on young people

2 069 182 young people aged 13 – 30 live in Sweden1

Actors and Structures

Public authorities - National public authorities

Ministry of Integration and Gender Equality

The Ministry of Integration and Gender Equality is responsible for the coordination of the Government's youth policy, issues affecting youth organisations and international cooperation in the youth field. Nine people work in the Division for Youth Policy.

Youth councils

The National Council of Swedish Youth Organisations

The National Council of Swedish Youth Organisations – LSU (Landsrådet för Sveriges Ungdomsorganisationer), is a coordinating body for almost 100 Swedish youth organisations. It aims at constituting a forum for matters of common interest in youth organisations and providing a network for national as well as international organisations dealing with youth cooperation

National Programmes on youth

The Government has launched initiatives to improve the situation of young people in a number of areas. In the Budget Bill for 2008 the Government highlights specific measures within the fields of:

  • Education (e.g. improved quality, individual adaptation of education, new structure)
  • Employment (e.g. financial incentives for employers to hire young workers – “the New start jobs” (Nystartjobb), support for unemployed young people such as education and internships as well as support and follow-up in the job searching process – “the Job guarantee” (Jobbgaranti))
  • Housing (e.g. government subsidies to stimulate municipal support for young people)
  • Influence/representation (e.g. better representation of young people in the boards of governmental agencies and in governmental committees)
  • Health (e.g. improved competences within health services for youth, improved child/youth psychiatry, development of virtual young people’s clinic, action plan on honour-related violence and oppression against young women, efforts to strengthen the physical and metal health of young women)
  • Culture (a strategy for strengthening child and youth culture, e.g. by stimulating joint school/culture initiatives)

Action plans i.e. official strategies

Within each of the areas referred to over, specific strategies have been or will be developed.

(Source: Youth Partnership – Council of Europe, European Commission)