Persson gets grant to write book

Sweden's former prime minister Göran Persson has been given a 700,000 kronor ($99,000) state grant to write a book about his years in office.

Persson applied for the grant from the Bank of Sweden Tercentenary Foundation (Riksbankens jubileumsfond) to cover the costs of writing the book. These include paying for an assistant to help him with research.

“We have a policy to support projects that shed light on Swedish history,” said Daniel Tarschys, chairman of the foundation, to Fokus magazine.

“In this case the former prime minister is contributing to making available for researchers material that is not in the national archives,” he said.

“All costs will be accounted for to the foundation,” said Tarschys.

The foundation was established in 1962 with a donation from the Swedish central bank. It is intended to support and promote scientific research.