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.