Boom in Swedish cleaning companies

Two months before the introduction of Swedish government's plan to give tax relief for home cleaning and childcare services, the number of companies established to offer such services is already booming, according to new statistics.

“Interest has skyrocketed,” said Pia Blank Thörnroos of the Swedish Tax Authority.

The new tax break will come into effect from July 1st, allowing tax relief on 50 percent of the cost of domestic services, to a maximum level of 100,000 kronor per person per year. This means that a household with two parents and a child under 18 living at home can get tax relief on cleaning, gardening or other services worth 300,000 kronor per year.

The services must be carried out by somebody employed by a cleaning company or someone registered as a sole trader.

The statistics, compiled by news agency TT, show that many companies are hoping to cash in on the expected boom in the market. Between January and March he tax authority received 467 applications to start companies in the cleaning and social services sectors, an increase of 20 percent compared with last year.

“Interest in April was up significantly,” said Thörnroos.

Figures from Statistics Sweden showed the same tendency. Between the beginning of January and the first week of May, 488 companies had been founded in the cleaning sector. This is an increase of 37 percent compared to the same period last year. A number of internet sites have also appeared to connect cleaners to potential customers.


Denmark suspects two Swedes over explosion at tax authority

Two Swedish citizens are suspected in connection with last week’s explosion at the Danish Tax Agency. One of the two is in police custody.

Denmark suspects two Swedes over explosion at tax authority
Copenhagen Police superintendent Jørgen Bergen Skov addresses the press. Photo: Philip Davali / Ritzau Scanpix

Copenhagen Police superintendent Jørgen Bergen Skov confirmed the arrests to press on Wednesday morning.

“Both individuals are suspected of carrying out the detonation at the Tax Agency,” Skov said.

One man, aged 22, was arrested in Swedish city Malmö on Tuesday and will be extradited to Denmark. Once he reaches Copenhagen he will appear for preliminary court proceedings, which the prosecution will request take place behind closed doors.

Swedish newspaper Kvällsposten reports the 22-year-old has no previous criminal convictions in the country.

The second man, a 23-year-old, is yet to be detained but an international arrest warrant for him has been issued, Skov said.

“During the night, we also searched several addresses in Sweden. We hereby confiscated what we believe to be a car used by the suspects,” he said.

“We have one suspect on the loose, which means we must be careful about what we say, out of consideration for the investigation,” he added.

The superintendent did not add any detail about how police were able to connect the two individuals to the August 6th explosion.

Skov also stressed that police do not believe the tax authority blast to be connected to a similar incident at a police station in Copenhagen’s Nørrebro neighbourhood in the early hours of Saturday.

“There is nothing to suggest (a connection),” he said.