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Income differences

Company fat cats earn 41 times a worker's salary

"We can compare back to the 1950s"
3:59 min
Comparison of incomes - graph in Swedish

The highest earners in Swedish business earn 41 times as much as an industrial worker, according to a new report from the Trade Union Confederation. This is unreasonable, claims the organisation - but the government says it does not reflect development in society as a whole.

The Swedish Trade Union Confederation have chosen the 197 positions which they deem to be the most powerful in society - in business as well as in politics and the state sector.

In 2009 these people earned 15 times as much as an industrial worker did before taxes were paid. If you look at what the report calls the bureaucratic elite - general secretaries of authorities, chief economists etc - they earned 8 times an average industrial wage, while the democratic elite - politicians in parliament and government - had an average of 4,4 times an industry salary.

But these two groups of "elites" have had a much slower salary increase than that in the business sector, where the CEOs of the 50 most powerful businesses now earn 41 times more before tax than a person working in the industry.

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