A Region in Europe

The Foundation for the Future of Scania

Introduced in 2000

The Scanian Manifesto

Of the 197 states in the world, nearly all have indigenous groups, minorities, and different nationalities within their borders. Such groups number between 6,000 and 9,000. The threat to this cultural diversity stems from the globalization of daily life and state assimilationist policies.

Like biological diversity, the threat to cultural diversity is leading to a diminishment in the quality of life for millions of people and eradicating cultural knowledge that is of value to medicine, politics, science and many other areas of life. To reverse this devastation central states must embrace the right of cultural survival. This has been the century of individual rights, but now group rights must come sharply into focus.

The following actions must be taken:

1. The State must accept that citizenship and nationality are not identical so that all cultures - indigenous peoples, minorities, regional cultures and nations can be officially recognized.

2. All repression of culturally-conscious history must end and peoples must be allowed the dignity of knowing their own complete histories and cultural backgrounds. The State must positively participate in this effort as well as allocate sufficient funds to organisations, schools and universities for regional research and information projects.

3. The State must accept the existence and equality of all languages within their territory. The regional languages must be given equal opportunities in local mass media.

4. The State must actively promote cultural contacts and relations over the state borders, especially were old historical bonds exist.

5. Regional symbols, heraldry and ceremonial objects associated with the various regions must be given official status and acceptance as important cultural objects and given the same respect as shown cultural symbols of the State.

6. The historical institutions at the universities must be given assignments and financial resources for research and publication of the complete history and cultural backgrounds of the regional cultures, peoples and nations within the State.

7. The UN sanctioned principle of the right of self-determination must be implemented and exercised. This includes the place-based right to define and develop their cultures as well as the right to name places and cultural components in their regions.

8. The State must, with reference to the concept of nationality and citizenship under point 2 above, accept the equality of state, national and regional celebrations and symbols.

9. The State shall encourage the promotion of regional symbols which strengthens the regional identity.

10. A recovery program must be put into effect which will return important illicitly obtained cultural and historical works of art, heirlooms and relics to their places of origin.

11. Autonomous and regional institutions must be established to handle, maintain and develop regional cultural activities.

12. The regional and local business and cultural sectors must be stimulated to work together for mutual benefit.