Stockholmers pay half of Sweden’s taxes: study

Roughly half of Swedish tax revenues are generated by residents in and around the capital city of Stockholm, according to a new study.

Stockholmers pay half of Sweden's taxes: study

The Swedish state is earning more and more money from the roughly 2 million people who live in Stockholm County, who in 2010 were responsible for about half of all direct taxes paid into state coffers, statistics published on Monday by the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (Stockholms handelskammare) show.

“It’s a sign that things are going well for Stockholm,” chamber of commerce head Maria Rankka told the Dagens Nyheter (DN) newspaper.

In the last ten years, the percentage of Swedish tax revenue coming from Stockholm has increased from 37.8 percent in 2000 to 50.2 percent in 2010.

However, Rankka added that more of the revenues generated by Stockholm residents, who represent about 20 percent of Sweden’s total population, should remain in the county rather than being distributed to the rest of the country.

The city is important for Sweden, and the need for further investment remains large.

“The most important thing is to fix the dysfunctional housing market,” she told the newspaper.

“The housing situation is a threat to continued growth and requires a series of measures.”

The Chamber of Commerce forecasts Stockholm will account for 40 percent of the country’s economic growth in the future, thus giving the city a key role for continued growth in Sweden.

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Stockholm Pride is a little different this year: here’s what you need to know 

This week marks the beginning of Pride festivities in the Swedish capital. The tickets sold out immediately, for the partly in-person, partly digital events. 

Pride parade 2019
There won't be a Pride parade like the one in 2019 on the streets of Stockholm this year. Photo: Stina Stjernkvist/TT

You might have noticed rainbow flags popping up on major buildings in Stockholm, and on buses and trams. Sweden has more Pride festivals per capita than any other country and is the largest Pride celebration in the Nordic region, but the Stockholm event is by far the biggest.  

The Pride Parade, which usually attracts around 50,000 participants in a normal year, will be broadcast digitally from Södra Teatern on August 7th on Stockholm Pride’s website and social media. The two-hour broadcast will be led by tenor and debater Rickard Söderberg.

The two major venues of the festival are Pride House, located this year at the Clarion Hotel Stockholm at Skanstull in Södermalm, and Pride Stage, which is at Södra Teatern near Slussen.

“We are super happy with the layout and think it feels good for us as an organisation to slowly return to normal. There are so many who have longed for it,” chairperson of Stockholm Pride, Vix Herjeryd, told the Dagens Nyheter newspaper.

Tickets are required for all indoor events at Södra Teatern to limit the number of people indoors according to pandemic restrictions. But the entire stage programme will also be streamed on a big screen open air on Mosebacketerassen, which doesn’t require a ticket.  

You can read more about this year’s Pride programme on the Stockholm Pride website (in Swedish).