Rich getting richer in Sweden

It pays to build a family in Sweden—and being young with a high income doesn’t hurt either.

Rich getting richer in Sweden

According to new figures from Statistics Sweden (SCB), the standard of living for Swedish households is expected to increase by 13 percent between 2005 and 2008.

However, there are significant differences in the level of improvement depending on age, sex, income, and type of household.

Incomes of those in the highest bracket are set to rise by 21 percent, compared with an increase of only 6 percent for households in lowest income bracket.

On average, cohabitating couples and families will see a higher increase in their standard of living (13 percent) in comparison to singles (10 percent).

And men appear to be faring twice as well as women in terms of earning power.

According to SCB’s numbers, men can expect an average income boost of 12 percent by the end of 2008, whereas women’s incomes will go up by only 6 percent.

The outlook is less rosy for seniors, particularly women over 74, who are expected to see their incomes rise by only 2 percent.

The study also finds sharp declines in unemployment and in the number of sick days taken by Swedish workers.

Between 2005 and 2008, the number of unemployed Swedes dropped 31.9 percent.

The number of Swedes in labor market programmes fell by 22.8 percent.

And the 50,1000 sick days expected to be taken by Swedish workers in 2008 represents a decline of more than 25 percent from the 67,145 days taken in 2005.


Sweden’s most popular baby names revealed

While Alice remained the most common name for baby girls in Sweden for the third year running, William was dethroned as the most popular boys' name for the first time in years, new statistics show.

Sweden's most popular baby names revealed
Last year, 903 baby girls born in Sweden were named Alice, compared to 938 Alices in 2012, according to Statistics Sweden's (SCB) annual compilation released on Tuesday.
But the name William, which enjoyed top spot for the past two years, was replaced by Lucas, which shot up from third place in 2012. Lucas was given to 935 babies in 2013, compared to 915 little Williams. 
Just over a dozen points behind was Oscar, in third place, and one point behind that was Oliver (see the full top ten below).
As for the girls, Alice was followed by Maja, Elsa, and Ella. 
In the top 100 list for the girls, several names cropped up for the very first time, including Hilma, Ellinor, Sally, Melina, and Nicole. For the boys, new names included Louie and Tor.
In a breakdown of counties around Sweden, Alice was the most popular name in 11 of the total 21 counties. Stockholmers preferred the letter O, with the most popular baby names in the capital Olivia and Oscar.
Top ten girls' names in 2013, with total number.
1. Alice – 903
2. Maja – 767
3. Elsa – 766
4. Ella – 700
5. Julia – 687
6. Ebba – 663
7. Alicia – 625
8. Olivia – 616
9. Alva – 607
10. Wilma – 600
Top ten boys' names in 2013, with total number.
1. Lucas – 935
2. William – 915
3. Oscar – 901
4. Oliver – 800
5. Hugo – 749
6. Charlie – 716
7. Liam – 708
8. Alexander – 694
9. Axel – 677
10. Elias – 676