• Sweden edition
 
Reinfeldt blames wealth gap on Social Democrats

Reinfeldt blames wealth gap on Social Democrats

Published: 18 Feb 2013 17:29 GMT+01:00
Updated: 18 Feb 2013 17:29 GMT+01:00

While incomes have increased at all levels in Sweden since 2000, the increases have been greater for wealthier Swedes, according to a new report from Statistics Sweden (SCB) which examines Swedes' standard of living.

Overall, Swedes' standard of living is 40 percent higher in 2011 than it was in 1999.

But while incomes rose by 55 percent for the ten percent of Swedes with the highest standard of living, the portion of the population with the lowest standard of living only saw their incomes rise by 21 percent.

In addition, the percentage of the population with a low standard of living rose from 8.4 percent in 1999 to 14.4 percent in 2011.

According to SCB, a low standard of living, or low economic standard, is defined as having a disposable income lower than 60 percent of the median value of the overall population. In 2011 the median value was 210,200 kronor ($33,000).

Commenting on the figures, Reinfeldt was quick to lay blame on his Social Democrat predecessor as prime minister.

"A large portion of these growing divisions took place during Göran Persson's time in power," Reinfeldt told the TT news agency.

He added that the government has implemented a number of redistributive policies, including raising housing supplements for pensioners and families with small children.

Reinfeldt added that he's open to considering additional redistributive measures to help single parents as the current regime of in-work tax credits (jobbskatteavdraget) may not be sufficient.

According to SCB's figures, Swedes overall standard of living in 2011 was 40 percent higher than it was in 1999.

The youngest Swedes have also seen their standard of living increase by more than Sweden's elderly. For those under age 20, the increase was 46 percent while those age 75 and above had an increase of 26 percent.

The report also found that foreign-born adults (aged 20 and above) only saw a 27 percent increase in their standard of living, compared to a 41 percent increase for Swedish born adults.

TT/The Local/dl

Follow The Local on Twitter

Don't miss...X
Left Right

Your comments about this article

18:27 February 18, 2013 by Brtahan
So did the prices increase ! so they were better off in 1999 than 2013. atleast so many services were free.
19:21 February 18, 2013 by Eric1
The leftist parties want equality through poverty. Everyone is equally poor. The right wants a level playing field where everyone has the same chance to be successful but helping those are unable because of disability. Laziness isn't a disability. This does play well with those who free load.
23:58 February 18, 2013 by Svensksmith
Nice picture. Does he eat lots of bananas?
07:28 February 19, 2013 by rise
Reinfeldt:

"My fur is itching!"

Persson:

"Now is as good as any time to fart!"

The mind of the politician:

"All that is good is thanks to me and us. All that is bad is because of you and them."
08:14 February 19, 2013 by isenhand
Interesting. The policies of the Alliance should cause an increase in the wealth gap so I'll guess and say the economic problems over the last few years has meant thing haven't got as bad as they could have in Sweden.
14:53 February 19, 2013 by Borilla
Eric, Eric, Eric you again show your lack of knowledge. Look at the standard of living of the Nordic people and see how much better it is than the US or the UK before you start pontificating. The right's policies that you describe are directed toward helping the 1% at the expense of the other 99%. Someone running for office on your theme in Sweden would be trampled in the dust at the polls. You need to start thinking for yourself (if that is possible) and stop parroting those slogans. You are in over your head right now.
16:24 February 19, 2013 by ragdoll
Yes, the US wage inequality is crap and its neither efficient nor market driven. At the same time, Swedes just have to deal with the fact that some people are much smarter than others and some people work much harder than others and they will be rewarded. That's life and its fair and its fine.
Today's headlines
Sweden keeps eye on Norway bomb threat
Norwegian police car at Oslo Gardemoen Airport. Photo: TT

Sweden keeps eye on Norway bomb threat

The Swedish Security Service (Säpo) have said that an "imminent terror threat" to neighbouring Norway doesn't yet affect Sweden although developments are being closely followed. READ  

Seven-year-old Swede cycles to Berlin
The Blomdahl family in Berlin. Photo: Private

Seven-year-old Swede cycles to Berlin

Edvin Blomdahl is seven-years-old. He also cycled from Sweden to Berlin, a journey of 370 kilometres, in four days. READ  

Opinion
'Gaza conflict needs help, not empty rhetoric'
Demonstrations at Sergels Torg in Stockholm. Photo: Kent Vilhelmsson

'Gaza conflict needs help, not empty rhetoric'

As the rhetoric rises at demonstrations in Swedish cities, Stockholm-based Israeli writer David Stavrou calls on Swedes to think before they shout and to cast a critical eye over much that is written and said about the conflict in Gaza. READ  

Brit's charity tractor trek heads for Sweden
The vintage tractor ready to travel from UK to north Norway. Photo: Peter Matheson

Brit's charity tractor trek heads for Sweden

A British man is set next month to drive from Scotland, across Sweden, and to the northern tip of Norway on a vintage tractor to raise money for a cancer charity. READ  

Sweden agency hikes heat warning to 'extreme'
This canine friend is not amused. Photo: TT

Sweden agency hikes heat warning to 'extreme'

Swedish weather agency SMHI has raised its weather warning to class 2, giving notice of "extremely high temperatures" in parts of the country. READ  

Songs for a hot Swedish summer
Ted Gärdestad. Photo: TT

Songs for a hot Swedish summer

Contributor Paul Connolly has put together a list of Swedish songs to capture balmy summer days, which in his neck of the northern woods are pushing the mercury above 35c for the first time in a century. READ  

Swedes suffer as buses boil in the summer sun
Photo: TT

Swedes suffer as buses boil in the summer sun

Stockholm's local traffic authority has received almost 300 complaints since June 1st with many regarding stifling heat on the city's buses, which lack air con. READ  

Grounded flights strand Swedes in Tel Aviv
Photo: Matt Rourke/TT

Grounded flights strand Swedes in Tel Aviv

UPDATE: About 270 passengers planning to fly to Stockholm are still stranded in Tel Aviv, and airlines have stated that flights will likely be grounded on Thursday as well. READ  

The Local List
Top ten: Swedish taboos
The butter knife is for butter. Photo: Mats Sandelin/TT

Top ten: Swedish taboos

From standing in line to taking your hols in the off-season, Sweden is a society with customs and faux pas, the Danes might say taboos. Here is a list of ten to watch out for. READ  

Fears mount for Swede kidnapped in Ukraine
A tank in Horlivka. Photo: Dmitry Lovetsky/TT

Fears mount for Swede kidnapped in Ukraine

A mediator who handles prisoner exchanges between Ukraine and pro-Russian rebels said on Wednesday that he feared for the life of a kidnapped Swede. READ  

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Gallery
People-watching July 23
National
Swedish cops elect not to shoot 'angry elks'
Business & Money
New alcohol retail rules threaten micro-breweries
Gallery
People-watching Båstad
Business & Money
Sweden falls to third in global innovation index
Blog updates

22 July

Det (The Swedish Teacher) »

"Hej! “Det” is a personal pronoun that can be used in many ways, and it might me confusing if you always translate “det” to English “it”. In this article I will do my best to guide you to how to use “det”. Det replacing a word, a phrase or a clause Let us begin with the less confusing..." READ »

 

22 July

PROTECTING GIRLS FROM ABUSE OF THEIR RIGHTS (The Diplomatic Dispatch) »

"Today (22 July) my Prime Minister, David Cameron, and UNICEF, are hosting the world’s first #GirlSummit in London. The Summit’s aim is to mobilise domestic and international efforts to end the appalling practices of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and Child Early Forced Marriage (CEFM). This is a high priority for the UK government and the Prime..." READ »

 
 
 
Society
Swedish ornithologists keep webcam watch
Photo: Andreas Nordström/Image Bank Sweden
Gallery
Top ten Swedish beach hot spots
Tech
Swedish Wiki vet sets new content record
Photo: Fastighetsbyrån
Lifestyle
In Pictures: The Local's Property of the Week
Photo: Finest.se
Gallery
People-watching July 15-16
Photo: Ola Ericson/Image Bank Sweden
Society
What's On in Sweden
Photo: Lisa Mikulski
National
Hope springs eternal for expat pet shop owner
Gallery
Princess Estelle steals limelight at mum's birthday
National
Swedes risk infants' lives by covering up prams
National
Swede runs for office just using Bitcoin funds
Gallery
People-watching July 11-13
National
Malmö mayor slams Danish beggar ban
National
Swedish anti-abortion midwife sues county
National
Swede's salary chopped for Facebook use
National
Northern Sweden warmest in 90 years
Gallery
'Victoria Day': Crown Princess Victoria turns 37
Politics
Mona Sahlin to fight extremism in Sweden
National
EU tells Sweden to cover up snus flavours
Sponsored Article
Introducing... Your finances in Stockholm
Sponsored Article
Introducing... Housing in Stockholm
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Germany

More news from Germany at thelocal.de

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

702
jobs available
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions is an innovative business company which provides valuable assistance with the Swedish Authorities, Swedish language practice and general communications. Call 073-100 47 81 or visit:
www.swedishdowntown.com
If you want to drink, that’s your business.
If you want to stop, we can help.

Learn more about English-language Alcoholics Anonymous in Sweden. No dues. No fees. Confidentiality assured.
AA-EUROPE.ORG/SWEDEN
PSD Media
PSD Media is marketing company that offers innovative solutions for online retailers. We provide modern solutions that help increase traffic and raise conversion. Visit our site at:
http://psdmedia.se