News from the Government and Government Offices
Welfare needs rise as we live longer
Today the Ministry of Finance presents its latest forecast for the economy and public finances, along with a new analysis of future demographic needs. “Sweden is undergoing a demographic shift, as we are living longer and having more children. By 2026, we will need to have built more than 2 000 preschools, schools and homes for older people. We need to employ more than 150 000 additional welfare sector workers. This will be the major task of the coming electoral period. So we cannot afford to cut taxes for those who earn the most,” says Minister for Finance Magdalena Andersson.
Convention on the Rights of the Child will become Swedish law
On 13 June, the Riksdag (the Swedish parliament) adopted a bill on making the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child Swedish law. In order for the convention to have a greater impact, the Government is also proposing a guidance document, an education initiative and continued systematic transformation work.
Swedish Government Offices Yearbook 2017
How many people work at the Government Offices? What was the central government budget like last year? How many acts and ordinances were issued last year? The answer to these and other questions can be found in the Swedish Government Offices Yearbook 2017.
The 2018 Spring Budget: Building our society – a secure and sustainable Sweden
On 16 April, the Government presents its Spring Fiscal Policy Bill and a proposed spring amending budget to the Riksdag. In the Spring Fiscal Policy Bill, the Government presents its economic assessment and the direction of fiscal policy ahead of the budget for 2019. In the amending budget, the Government proposes changes to the budget during the current fiscal year. “We have taken Sweden in a new direction. Investments in jobs, health care, schools and the climate have borne fruit. The Government is now making additional investments for a secure and sustainable Sweden,” says Minister for Finance Magdalena Andersson.
The Swedish Government’s overall EU priorities
By highlighting the most important issues in EU work for the fourth time in this electoral term, the Government is focusing its efforts where they are best needed, which enhances Sweden’s ability to influence developments. In 2018 the Government will give particular priority to questions concerning a social Europe for jobs and inclusive growth; an ambitious climate, energy and environment policy; a common asylum system and expanded cooperation on migration; and a secure EU in a secure world.
Minister for Foreign Affairs presented Government Statement of Foreign Policy
On 14 February, Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström presented the 2018 Statement of Foreign Policy in the Riksdag. The traditional foreign policy debate followed. The Statement of Foreign Policy outlines the Government’s visions for Sweden’s work in the world and Swedish foreign policy positions.
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