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Swedish welfare worse than OECD average

Published måndag 21 maj 2012 kl 08.56
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The newspaper Svenska Dagbladet reports that Sweden has fallen sharply in an international comparison of social welfare.

The newspaper has obtained a copy of the report, which was commissioned by a parliamentary study into social insurance programs. It reveals that a number of countries have surpassed Sweden regarding sickness, unemployment, and work-related injury benefits.

Since 2005 Swedish unemployment benefits have fallen from second highest in the world to beneath the OECD average today.

The center right government that took power in Sweden in 2006 has been criticized by the opposition for its cutbacks in the sickness and unemployment benefit systems.

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