Sweden is planning to scrap its film censorship body under plans revealed in a government research paper this week.

The report, commissioned by Swedish culture minister Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth, is part of a review looking into protecting children from harmful content.

It says Statens Biografbyrå, which has handled censorship since 1911, has lost control of film certification due to proliferation of distribution channels. It proposes creating a new agency, which will also combined the Sweden Media Agency, with a focus on protecting children and teenagers from harmful content that will oversee a broader range of content.

The changes will also mean that films that are not submitted to the new agency will automatically receive a +15 certification. It will maintain the +11 and +7 certificates.