Gap between rich and poor continue to increase

The income gap between different groups in Sweden continued to grow in 2009 according to new figures from Statistics Sweden. Single parents and young people are worst hit.

The group categorized as “single parents with a low income” increased by 11 percent between 2000 and 2009. At the start of the new millennium about 11 percent of Swedes belonged to the group compared to 27 percent in 2009.

“After you have paid the rent and all the bills there is almost nothing left,” Regina Abubaker, a single mother of two, told Swedish Radio News. “Its horrible, to work and still not manage.”

However, according to the figures now released, most households have increased their disposable income. But the difference in development between different groups in society is also increasing.

The winners are those with a steady job paying slightly more than average, and who own their homes or apartments.

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