The numbers have tended to fluctuate, however. Six percent of Swedes received sick insurance in 1987, when the statistics were first collected. The 1990s saw a decrease to 3%, only to increase again during the early 2000s, and drop now.
Of its Nordic neighbors, Sweden has less people on the sick list than Norway and Finland, though more than Denmark. Norway now has the distinction of having the highest number of long-term ill in Europe.