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Business owners voice satisfaction with government

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14:33 CEST+02:00
Most Swedish companies agree that the business climate in Sweden has improved since the centre-right government came to power, according to a new survey.

The panel of small and medium-sized companies assembled by SEB bank highlighted the removal of wealth tax, labour force growth and reduced income taxes as factors contributing to a considerably improved business climate.

Of the 1,000 companies invited to take part in the study, 632 agreed to give their views on the government and the opposition one year after the general election.

63 percent said businesses would have fared worse under a government consisting of the Social Democrats, the Left Party and the Greens.

Only nine percent said that the opposition would have done a better job, while 28 felt that there would not have been any difference.

50 percent of respondents agreed with the assertion that the business climate had improved under the current government. 31 percent said that it had not improved, while 19 percent had no opinion.

"Despite criticism of certain aspects of the government's politics, the overall assessment is that the Alliance government has improved the climate for small and medium-sized companies," said SEB economist Ingela Hemming in a statement.

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