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Swedes spend more on electricity

Published lördag 28 april 2012 kl 12.00

Swedish households spend a larger share of their income on electricity compared to other European countries, according to new figures obtained by newspaper Svenska Dagbladet.

The figures reveal that as much as 20 percent of the disposable income of 45, 000 households goes towards paying electricity bills. On average people living alone in houses pay the most.

“If you have a house and live alone, it will cost you,” said Jakob Eliasson, energy policy expert at the Swedish Homeowners Association.

Electricty use is higher in Sweden than most other European Union countries. An EU Commission report in 2009 found that most Swedes spent on average three percent of their disposable income on energy bills.

The new figures from Svenska Dagbladet show that today electricity bills account for more than five percent of household costs for a quarter of a million Swedes.

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