Spring Budget Presented to Parliament
Swedish Finance Minister Per Nuder made the traditional short walk from his ministry to parliament Tuesday, to present the Spring Budget.
The legislation includes job creation programs for young people, more money for care of the elderly, and a reform in dental care, making the cost of regular check-ups more affordable.
With elections here in September, Finance Minister Nuder told parliament the economy is doing better, unemployment is dropping, and inflation remains low.
The budget forecasts a surplus in public sector finances of 2 percent of gross domestic product this year, rising to 2.2 percent in 2007.
The bill, a finalised version of a budget presented last September, forecasts gross domestic product growth of 3.6 percent this year and 3 percent in 2007, and average inflation of 1.4 percent this year and 2.2 percent in 2007.