It is important that there are good conditions for both youth organisations and the organisations of civil society to exercise influence and to participate in society.
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Our work with civil society policy

The goal of policy focused on civil society is to make it easier for clubs and associations to constitute an important part of democracy by helping people participate and by contributing to welfare and to the development of society.

We produce and disseminate knowledge on the conditions affecting civil society and its development to municipalities and public sector agencies so that they have better knowledge and a better understanding when they make decisions relating to civil society.

We provide clubs and associations with opportunities to exert influence by administering a forum for dialogue between representatives of voluntary organisations and the government. We also disseminate knowledge on The Code – a tool that may be used by municipalities, public sector agencies and associations in order to evaluate and discuss collaborations.

Our work with young people’s influence and representation

One of the goals of Swedish youth policy is that all young people, including those with the lowest levels of resources, should have access to influence and should be able to participate in society. This is also one of the joint goals of the youth policy cooperation within the EU. According to the framework for youth policy cooperation, all EU-countries must work to improve young people’s opportunities to participate in the local community and in the process of representative democracy.

Focus 10 – an analysis of young people’s influence

In the report entitled Focus 10, we illuminate young people’s opportunities to exercise influence and to participate in the representative democracy, in the family, at school, in working life and during their leisure time. We also study young people’s involvement in voluntary activities, their confidence in democracy and their sense of participation in society. The report presents more detailed analyses of differences in levels of influence between young people in different geographical environments, and we pose the question of whether the participation of young people today has assumed different forms compared with that of their predecessors.

Young today – a description of conditions among young people

Our annual report entitled Young today, on conditions among young people, describes amongst other things young people’s opportunities to be a part of the democratic dialogue on an equal footing with other groups in society. We also look at different ways in which young people can affect both their own situation and developments in their home municipalities and in society at large.

In 2012, 71 percent of young people aged 16–25 participated in political activities. The most common way of doing so was to give online support for an opinion related to a social issue. A total of 50 percent of young people said that they had done this.