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Social Welfare Increases in Sweden

Published måndag 7 september 2009 kl 13.28

The Swedish social welfare board maintains that welfare payments have increased by 16% during the 2nd quarter of this year - compared to the same period last year.

Only 25 of the nation's 290 local governments reported a decrease in welfare payments.

The increase in social welfare payments is explained by rising unemployment - especially in the sluggish automobile industry and the companies supplying equipment and parts.

Welfare payments for refugees increased in general by 4 % in this Nordic nation. But one local government in northern Sweden opening the doors more generously to refugees reports an increase in welfare payments by over 700%.

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