Malmö to open Sweden’s first Roma library
The facility will welcome visitors from the fall of 2022
The City of Malmö has taken another step towards confirming its reputation as a haven for multiculturalism with the announcement that it will open the first Roma library in Sweden. The new facility, which will introduce readers to Roma literature and cultural production, will open its doors in a year.
Literature in various Roma dialects
In Malmö and other libraries in Sweden, there are already several Roma reading sections, but a full-scale library of Roma literature will be the first of its kind in the country.
The library will contain literature in various Roma dialects, literature written by Roma authors and books in Swedish about their culture. The literature will be acquired in consultation with individuals and organizations with expertise in Roma cultural issues.
“In Malmö, we go against the flow and invest in library activities because we know that they are of great importance for promoting reading, especially among children and young people, and the democratic society, ”Explained Frida Trollmyr (S), municipal councilor with responsibility for culture and leisure.
She added: “I am proud that we plan to open the country’s first Roma library, it is a unique opportunity to work for Roma rights and contribute to increased knowledge about Roma culture and history. ”
The Romans first arrived in the Scandinavian country about 500 years ago and have since become part of its society. The Council of Europe estimates that approximately 42,500 Roma live in Sweden (0.46% of the total population).
Sweden has developed a strategy for the inclusion of Roma that covers 20 years (2012 to 2032). The overall goal is for a Roma 20-year-old to have the same opportunities in life as a non-Roma person in 2032.
The strategy complements the general policy towards disadvantaged groups. It covers the four key areas (education, employment, health and housing) and two more areas: culture / language and civil society (empowerment). Responsibility for the implementation of the strategy rests largely with local and regional authorities.