Homeless people sheltering in a centre in Malmö.
Homeless people sheltering in a centre in Malmö. Credit: Stig-Åke Jönsson / TT

Oxfam: Sweden world's best at tackling inequality

Oxfam: Measures taken some time ago are still in effect
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Inequality has grown more in Sweden than in any other country in the OECD group of rich countries since the 1980s. But according to a new report from the global charity Oxfam, it still does the best job of tackling inequality.

Sweden has topped the first annual Commitment to Reducing Inequality Index, developed by Oxfam and Development Finance International, followed by Belgium, Denmark, Norway and Germany.

The index scored 152 countries on three areas: Spending on Health, Education and Social Protection; Progressive Structure and Incidence of Tax; and Labour Market policies to reduce inequality. 

"Measures that were taken some time ago are still in effect," said Robert Höglund, Oxfam's press spokesman in Sweden. "Sweden particularly stands out when it comes to high social spending."

Höglund highlighted Namibia as a low-income country which scored highly on its efforts to reduce inequality, and pointed to the United States as a high-income country which performed quite poorly in this index.

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