An estimated 220.000 children live in poverty in Sweden. Photo: Ingvar Karmhed/Scanpix.

More children live in poverty

"The total number of children living in poverty is going up"
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The economic gap between families is increasing and according to a new report from Save the Children Sweden there has been an increase in the number of children who live in poverty.

While most families have seen their living standards improve over the past few years every tenth family has instead gotten poorer. The figures from 2008 suggest that 220 000 children live in poverty which is a 0.7 percent increase from 2007.

In most cases the children in these families are too poor to afford proper food or winter clothing for example, according to Save the Children’s secretary general Elisabeth Dahlin.

“Sweden is in breach of the UN Children’s Convention. We need political change. Every child has the right to a reasonable living standard,” she told news agency TT.

Eva Svedling, head of the domestic department of Save the Children Sweden told Radio Sweden much of the blame lies with Sweden's politicians.

"Economic policies are not coming from a child perspective. They're not counting in the discrimination that is the consequence of the politics, because what we see is the gaps are widening", she told Radio Sweden.

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