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Government wants to boost "sharing economy" apps

Published måndag 3 april 2017 kl 13.42
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Minister for Consumer Affairs Per Bolund and the head of the enquiry Karin Bradley.
More information and guidance is needed if more people are to take part in the sharing economy, says Karin Bradley. (Minister Per Bolund to the left) Credit: Ulla Engberg/Radio Sweden

A new enquiry suggests more guidance for consumers would help the "sharing economy" in Sweden reach the same level as in similar countries, and the government says it does want it to grow.

"Ten per cent of the Swedish population have used sharing economy services the last two years, which is slightly less than... the 25-30 percent in countries like UK, Spain, etc," says Karin Bradly, who is the author of the report commissioned by the government.

She defines the sharing economy as the transactions between private individuals - but often via a platform - where they give each other access to what she calls "under-used resources". This could be letting someone stay temporarily in your home or bringing someone along in your car and then splitting the costs.

"This opens up new possibilities for us as consumers, getting access to services without having to go all the way to ownership. It is also a good way to make sure that resources that are available in society are used in a much more efficient way," said Per Bolund, Minister for Financial Markets and Consumer Affairs.

But if the sector is to grow, more people need to feel confident about their rights in the sharing economy, according to the study, which suggest that the Consumer Agency gets new responsibilities to inform about what the sharing economy is, and how it works.

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