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‘Break up gaming monopoly'

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‘Break up gaming monopoly'
08:43 CEST+02:00
Svenksa Spel's gaming monopoly ought to be abolished in order to make way for new forms of cultural support, writes the Moderate Party's Culture Committee.

Sponsorship, gaming revenues, and the Swedish Inheritance Fund (Allmänna arvsfonden) can serve as ways to channel more funds to cultural endeavors, write the committee's six Moderate Riksdag members in a debate article in the Dagens Nyheter newspaper.

The authors believe that the same opportunities for sponsorship made available today within athletics ought to be used in the cultural sector, assuming that cultural sponsorship costs are accepted as tax-deductible marketing expenses.

By ditching Svenska Spel's monopoly and charging a fee to both Swedish and foreign companies to participate in Sweden's gaming market, the state could raise enough revenue to finance both athletics and culture.

The Swedish Inheritance Fund passes out 300 to 400 million kronor ($50 to 66 million) every year. More of these funds ought to be directed toward cultural purposes benefiting children, young people, and people with disabilities, the committee proposes.

Other proposals presented a written communiqué—Culture 3.0—to be presented by the committee in the Riksdag on Monday include free library book loans, maintaining Sveriges Radio and TV as two separate entities, and better conditions for private local radio.

The authors say their proposal amounts to “more money for culture and more culture for the money.”

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