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'State finances better than expected': Borg

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Swedish state finances are in better shape than expected and are developing strongly, finance minister Anders Borg said in a statement on Wednesday.

"The strengthening of the public finances gives some limited scope to strengthen (finance) crisis policy. The emphasis has to be to strengthen labour market policy and ease the effects of the crisis among those who have been clearly affected," said Anders Borg in a government statement.

The government has raised its forecast and now expects finances to be in balance in 2012 and show a surplus in 2013.

The figures are based on the economic analysis presented in January and extends over the period 2010-2014.

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