National minorities are reduced to symbols

Our five national minorities are easily reduced to a particular aspect of their cultural heritage, such as reindeer or synagogues. This is shown by two reports from the University of Gothenburg examining how Roma, Swedish Finns, Tornedalers, Sami and Jews are treated by museums and county administrative boards.

“There is a clear difference between the minority groups in terms of how their historic positions have been noted, and there are distinct variations across Sweden in the knowledge and involvement of cultural sector employees,” says Department of Conservation project manager Ingrid Martins Holmberg.