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Factsheet for measure SE-2021-27/1730 Updated – measures in Sweden

Event support


Country Sweden , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 01 July 2021 – 31 March 2022
Context COVID-19
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Supporting businesses to stay afloat
– Direct subsidies (full or partial) or damage compensation
Author Anna-Karin Gustafsson (Oxford Research) and Eurofound
Measure added 18 January 2021 (updated 07 February 2022)

Background information

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a severe negative impact on event organisers. Due to the social distancing rules, the number of participants in events has been limited and many events have been cancelled. As a result, event organisers face significant financial risks.

In order to support the recovery of the event industry, the Swedish Government has proposed a new form of support for companies.

Content of measure

Event support is a form of guarantee available for companies that plan events between June 2021 and December 2021. It decreases the final risk of organising events since in the case of cancellation or stricter social distancing measures, the state covers part of the costs.

Only public events with at least 250 participants are eligible to apply for this support. Only event organisers whose events are cancelled or who have to significantly restrict the number or participants, can apply for event support. The support covers up to 70% of the costs that are not covered by the revenue or other forms of subsidies.

Event support is administrated by the Swedish Tax Authority. The total budget of this measure is SEK 3 billion (€300 million).

As of 12 July 2021, event support was waiting for approval from the EU Commission.


The following updates to this measure have been made after it came into effect.

07 December 2021

The Government proposes extension of the duration of event support. The measure is extended by three months, until the end of March 2022.

Use of measure

No information available.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Does not apply to workers Sector specific set of companies
Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
National funds

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role Unknown Unknown
Form Not applicable Not applicable

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • Unknown
  • Main level of involvement: N/A


No information available.

Views and reactions

No information available.

Sectors and occupations

    • Economic area Sector (NACE level 2)
      R - Arts, Entertainment And Recreation R90 Creative, arts and entertainment activities
      R91 Libraries, archives, museums and other cultural activities
      R93 Sports activities and amusement and recreation activities

This case is not occupation-specific.


  • 20 April 2021: Extra ändringsbudget: Förslag om pengar till företag, sjuklönekostnader, kultur och idrott samt ett nytt evenemangsstöd [Additional budget: proposition regarding money to companies, sickness pay, culture, sports and a new event support] (
  • 26 June 2021: Evenemangsstödet anmält till EU-kommissionen [Event support reported to the EU Commission] (


Eurofound (2021), Event support , measure SE-2021-27/1730 (measures in Sweden), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


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