Sweden’s industrial output soars: report

Sweden's industrial output rose by 3.6 percent in January from the December level, pulled by the pharmaceutical and textile industries, Statistics Sweden (Statistiska Centralbyrån, SCB) said on Friday, also revising its 2011 numbers due to a calculation error.

Year-on-year, the Scandinavian country’s industrial production rose 2.1 percent, according to preliminary and seasonally adjusted data from the national statistics agency.

Production in most sectors showed positive development, but the overall rise was especially due to a 28.8-percent rise in pharmaceuticals production in January compared to December, while output in this sector was up 14.5 percent year-on-year.

The textile industry also did its part, raising output by 10.6 percent compared to December and 6.1 percent compared to January 2011.

Statistics Sweden meanwhile announced that it was revising its figures for all months in 2011 “due to an error in the calculations for … (the) electrical equipment industry.”

For the December industrial output, this entailed a downward revision of 0.2 points to a decrease of 0.2 percent compared to November, while the year-on-year number slumped into the red as it was cut by a full 2.4 points to a decrease of 0.4 percent.

The revisions for the other months in 2011 would be published along with the February industrial output figures, Statistics Sweden said.

The changed industrial output figures would also likely affect the calculations of Swedish economic growth last year, it said.

While the gross domestic product (GDP) growth of 6.4 percent, year-on-year, in the first quarter last year is likely to remain unchanged, the second quarter’s reported 5.3-percent growth was likely to revised down by 0.2 points, the statistics agency said, adding that the impact on GDP figures in the third and fourth quarters was still unclear.

Revised estimates for all 2011 quarters will be published along with the

first quarter figures this year on May 30, it said.

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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