A country’s cultural heritage includes all traces of human activity in the physical environment. These are irreplaceable sources of information on people’s lives and activities, and on the historical development of artistic and technical skills. Because monuments and sites and cultural environments are non-renewable resources, their management must be based on a long-term perspective. Cultural monuments and sites are a source of emotional and aesthetic experience for many people, and modern society can benefit from the preservation and active use of its heritage.
The Swedish National Council for Cultural Affairs is responsible for implementing national cultural policy determined by the government and parliament. The National Council for Cultural Affairs was founded in 1974.