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Most Swedes 'opposed to school profits being paid to shareholders'

A majority of Swedes are against profits made by schools and healthcare providers being distributed to shareholders, a new survey has suggested.

The results of the Dagens Nyheter/Ipsos poll come ahead of Tuesday’s announcement in which a government inquiry will submit its recommendations on how private companies providing public services should be regulated.

Swedish Radio understands that special investigator Ilmar Reepalu will recommend a 7-per-cent limit to the amount of profit allowed to be paid to shareholders.

The DN/Ipsos survey showed 64 per cent of  those polled were against schools paying dividends to shareholders, while 58 per cent were against it in primary healthcare.

However, more than half were more positive than negative about private companies being involved with public services.

When it comes to schools, 46 per cent are more negative about private firm involvement, while that figure drops to 43 per cent when it comes to elderly care and 30 per cent for primary healthcare.

There is a sharp political divide, with Social Democrats and supporters of other left-leaning parties far more opposed to private involvement in schools than supporters of the four right-leaning Alliance parties.

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