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Swedish income gap widens

Published måndag 7 maj 2012 kl 17.02

The gap between the wealthiest and poorest Swedes has increased sharply over the last two decades.

The richest ten percent increased their income by 76 percent, according to figures from Statistics Sweden, obtained by newspaper Svenska Dagbladet. During the same period those in the lowest ten percent bracket increased their income by just seven percent.

Middle-income earners now take home 35 percent more than they did 20 years ago.

“Even if the poor have not become poorer, it is harder for them to keep up with what is considered obvious and normal for everyone else,” said Professor of Social Work, Tapio Salonen, at Malmö University.

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