Swedish pensioners promised tax cut

Sweden's Alliance government has promised pensioners reduced taxes in 2013 or 2014 - if the public finances allow, with reforms to help the poorest pensioners to come into force already next year.

Swedish pensioners promised tax cut

“To next year prioritise reforms for the worst-off pensioners is justified in terms of the uncertain economic situation,” Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt and the three other party leaders in the center-right government coalition, write on in a debate article in Dagens Nyheter.

For those with earnings-related pensions, the increase will amount to around 3.5 percent next year and those on guarantee pensions can expect to have their pension hike 2.8 percent.

“Along with the expected low inflation and hence lower price increases this will mean a noticeable increase in real incomes for Sweden’s pensioners,” writes Reinfeldt (Moderate), education minister Jan Björklund (Liberal), enterprise minister Maud Olofsson (Centre) and social affairs minister Göran Hägglund (Christian Democrats).

The tax credit that the alliance promises the retired in 2013 or 2014 is not dependent on a future tax deduction. However, makes the four party leaders clearly state that “intrinsic value” in the tax gap between pensioners and wage earners.

“It should pay to work, but it is also should also pay to have worked,” the four write promising to “work towards a gradual reduction of the tax difference in the future.”

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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.