Indicators used for monitoring state support for sport

The set of indicators is designed to reflect the objectives of government support for sport, as expressed in the government’s directive for state funding for sporting activities (1999:1177). The information, which is collected every year from sporting organizations and public authorities, gives a broad picture of the current state of organized sport and its development in Sweden. There are 24 indicators, divided into five areas. Here follows a brief review and a selection of indicators. To see all the indicators please visit our Swedish website.

Area 1: Sport as a popular movement

This area includes the status of sport as a popular public movement run by volunteers, sport’s autonomy versus state and market forces, the scope of voluntary work in sport etc. The statistics in this section focus on the size and characteristics of the Swedish sports movement, its levels of public involvement and financial status.

Indicator 1.1 Membership in sports organizations

Membership of the Swedish Sports Confederation in 2014 (6 to 80 years of age)

Membership of the Swedish Sports Confederation in 2014 (6 to 80 years of age). Source: The Swedish Sports Confederation

Women and men in sports organizations in 2015 (%) Source: The Swedish Sports Confederation

Indicator 1.3 Levels of participation in sport among children and young people

Popular state-subsidized sporting activities for children and young people between the ages of 7 and 25 in 2015

Popular state-subsidized sporting activities for children and young people between the ages of 7 and 25 in 2015. Source: Swedish Sports Confederation

Indicator 1.6 Revenue of individual sporting associations/federations

Sports federations with the highest and lowest turnover in 2014

Sports federations with the highest and lowest turnover in 2014. Source: Swedish Sports Confederation

Area 2: The importance of sport for public health

This area covers the way in which sport can encourage a life-long interest in exercise, and thus foster good health in different groups. Here, statistics regarding the sporting and exercise habits of the Swedish population are presented, as well as the occurrence of sports-related injuries.

Area 3: Equal opportunities for participation for all girls and boys, women and men

This area relates to the availability of sporting activities and to what extent sport is o­pen to everyone irrespective of, among other things, gender, age, social and ethnic background. Here statistics relate to different levels of participation of various population groups, the costs of sporting activities per household, and the representation of women and men in decision-making positions in Swedish sport.

Indicator 3.4 Women and men in leadership positions

Women and men on management boards of individual sports organizations in 2014

Women and men on management boards of individual sports organizations in 2014. Source: Swedish Sports Confederation

Area 4:  The fostering of democratic values, inclusion and good ethical standards

This area examines whether organized sport gives participants the opport­unity to participate in, and influence, democratic decision-making and how sport contributes to good ethical standards, leadership in the voluntary sector etc. Here, statistics concerning leadership in sport are used as indicators of democratic values while convictions for doping offences indicate a deficiency in good ethical standards.

Area 5: Competitiveness in international sport

This area examines the performance of Swedish sports at international level. Here statistics show success levels in international championships in different sports, and the costs of elite level sport and national teams.

Indicator 5.1. Medals in international championships

Sweden’s results in summer Olympic Games, 2000 to 2012

Sweden’s results in summer Olympic Games, 2000 to 2012. Source: The Swedish Olympic Committee

Winter Olympics Sweden’s results in winter Olympic Games, 1998 to 2014

Sweden’s results in winter Olympic Games, 1998 to 2014

Swedens results in Paralympics, 1998 to 2014

Swedens results in Paralympics, 1998 to 2014

Indicator 5.3 The cost of national teams

The cost of national teams for individual sports organizations and their total turnover, 2009 to 2014

The cost of national teams for individual sports organizations and their total turnover, 2009 to 2014. Source: Specialidrottsförbunden (Swedish Sports federations)