The Swedish Social Insurance Agency

Early retirements a "political disaster"

Official figures show that the number of young people granted early retirement because of illness or injury has gone up by nearly 50 percent since 2006, when the center-right government was elected.

One of the center-right’s campaign issues was reducing early retirement, and Minister for Social Security Ulf Kristersson describes the situation for the newspaper Svenska Dagbladet as a “political disaster”.

In 2006, 4500 Swedes under the age of 30 were granted early retirement, actually a form of long-term sickness benefit, now called “activity compensation”. Last year that number had risen to 6700, according to preliminary figures from the Swedish Social Insurance Agency.

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