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Only 1 of 10 Swedish local authorities has an action plan towards noise in schools

Few local authorities in Sweden do something active as to reduce noise and high sound levels in schools. Only 12 % of the local authorities have an action plan, reveals an investigation done by “Lilla Aktuellt” (Swedish TV-program for young people).

In spite of knowing that noise and high sound levels indeed are work environment issues, very few Swedish local authorities do something concrete.
When The Swedish Work Environment Authority 3 years performed an inspection regarding disturbing noise in 301 schools, 262 of these schools had to do something about it.
Birgitta Berglund, professor at the institute for environmental medicine, Karolinska Institute, says that noise can negatively affect speech and reading comprehension.
In “Lilla Aktuellt´s” investigation towards all 290 Swedish local authorities only 12% responded that they have an action plan. 34 local authorities did not respond!
(In Swedish)
Read more and check the list for which local authority actually has an action plan. Also see video interviews!

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