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More money for parents and less for smokers in 2012

TT/Joel Linde · 31 Dec 2011, 12:59

Published: 31 Dec 2011 12:59 GMT+01:00

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The government has presented about 50 important laws and regulations that will take effect in 2012, or have already been implemented during the autumn.

One of the most popular cuts is the lowering of the value added tax (VAT) at restaurants from 25 to 12 percent.

Swedes making charitable donations will also see a tax reduction.

On October 1st, a new law to prevent stalking came into force, with the first conviction under the new law coming in mid-December.

The Ministry of Health and Social Affairs has presented protections against high fees withing the public health care system and for pharmaceuticals, as well as an increase in housing allowance benefits.

The regulations regarding parental leave will also change to enable both parents to stay home together with an infant for 30 days, within the child's first year.

To make it more attractive for people to sublet their homes, the standard tax deduction has been raised from 18,000 kronor ($2,600) to 21,000 kronor a year.

And drunk drivers will be able to avoid having their drivers licenses revoked following new rules whereby they are instead required to install alcolocks in their cars.

New taxes will cause the price of a pack of cigarettes to climb from 48 kronor ($7) to 51 kronor, while a 45 gramme canister of wet snuff, or snus, will go from 47 kronor to 49 kronor.

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As of November 1st, a new law complimenting a European regulations on the trade of seal products came into effect.

According to the new law, the sale of seal products within the European Union is only allowed if they come from "the traditional hunting which the Inuit communities and other indigenous people conducts and which contributes to subsistence."

TT/Joel Linde (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

15:15 December 31, 2011 by Great Scott
Yes, typical from a government that has run out of ideas (or maybe nether had any in the first place). The main beneficiary's here will be once again the well off. What about reducing tax for the unemployed and lower paid, I do believe this irresponsible government does not know that unemployed and lower paid exist.
17:17 January 1, 2012 by Mb 65
In an over populated world why is Sweden encouraging people to have more kids. as Great Scott says why not reduce the tax for the lower paid Pensioners and the like.
06:00 January 2, 2012 by willowsdad
I hope Swedish tobacco users have access to a black market to beat these higher taxes.
10:03 January 3, 2012 by Ambre
Solution is easy for tobacco costs, Dont smoke especially if you dont have much money otherwise dont moan about the price of it!So many people out there are struggling to put food on the table everyday but they still spend money on cigarettes????? pathetic idiots who really should sort their priorities out!!!!

Anyway, if it wasnt for the taxes that cigarettes bring to governments all over the world, cigarettes would just be forbidden ... how can something so unhealthy be allowed just because of money, same with alcohol and even though it costs an arm and a leg here, people still find the money for it and are dumb enough to give all that money to the government, I dont drink, I dont smoke, proud of it, at least, governments dont make more money on my back for filthy, unhealthy, nasty, habits anyway ?!

Filling up your lungs with smoke is really a dumb thing to do, smoking is a disgusting habit, bad breath, yellow / grey teeth, yuk, how can anyone smoke, I really dont get it! Snus aint better, even more disgusting in a woman's mouth, so unclassy, really tacky, how can women chew that?! Cigarettes are not expensive enough....
18:10 March 17, 2012 by willowsdad
I guess we all can't be just as intelligent and superior as you are, Ambre.
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