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5. Participation

Last update: 28 November 2023

Young people's participation in society and in representative democracy has been a high priority in Sweden since decades.

At local level, youth councils and other representational bodies for youth are open for those young people who wish to form youth projects or get in contact with local politicians. Student unions and school student unions are, to a significant part, financed by government grants, as government grants to non-profit youth organisations are well-established in Swedish youth policy.  

Although the voter turnout among young people has been rising, from the bottom line of 70% in 2002 to 82% in 2022 years parliamentary elections (see 5.2 Youth participation in representative democracy for more details), actions to raise political awareness among young people are a priority in the government's democracy policies (see 5.5 National strategy to increase youth participation).