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The central government budget for 2017 in figures

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Central government expenditure proposed for 2017 amounts to SEK 972.4 billion and central government income is expected to amount to SEK 979.7 billion. The central government budget is therefore expected to reach a surplus of SEK 7.4 billion in 2017 and contribute to reducing the national debt.

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The Government's expenditure proposals for the 2017 budget year

Central government expenditure is divided into 27 areas known as expenditure areas. Each expenditure area shows how much money goes to state-controlled activities, such as police activities or state universities. The table below shows the Government's proposed expenditure on the various activities in 2017.

Expenditure in 2017, per expenditure area,
amounts in SEK thousands
Expenditure area (EA) Government proposal
EA 1: Governance 13 268 476
EA 2: Economy and financial administration 15 258 562
EA 3: Taxes, customs and enforcement 10 985 564
EA 4: The judicial system 42 466 641
EA 5: International cooperation 1 913 291
EA 6: Defence and contingency measures 50 254 364
EA 7: International development cooperation 34 990 005
EA 8: Migration 32 580 319
EA 9: Health care, medical care and social services 68 496 164
EA 10: Financial security for the sick and disabled 107 051 805
EA 11: Financial security for the elderly 34 774 451
EA 12: Financial security for families and children 89 491 398
EA 13: Gender equality and introduction of newly arrived immigrants 32 635 380
EA 14: Labour market and working life 75 656 514
EA 15: Financial support for students 22 433 999
EA 16: Education and academic research 72 381 263
EA 17: Culture, media, religious communities and leisure activities 14 521 254
EA 18: Planning, housing provision, construction and consumer policy 6 764 560
EA 19: Regional growth 3 595 481
EA 20: General environmental protection and nature conservation 8 403 539
EA 21: Energy 2 876 898
EA 22: Transport and communications 55 114 917
EA 23: Land-based industries, rural areas and food 17 189 401
EA 24: Industry and trade 6 456 020
EA 25: General grants to local government 105 554 920
EA 26:Interest on the national debt etc. 16 467 790
EA 27: Contribution to the European Union 29 586 305

Estimated revenue for the 2017 budget year

Central government revenue mainly consists of state taxes on labour, capital and consumption. Some central government revenue also comes from loan repayments (e.g. student loans) and grants from the European Union. The table below shows the expected levels of central government revenue in 2017.

Revenue in 2017,
amounts in SEK thousands
Type of revenue Estimated revenue
Central government tax revenue 1 023 714 630
Revenue from central government activities 27 763 799
Revenue from sale of property 5 000 000
Loan repayments 691 450
Calculated revenue 11 294 000
EU grants etc. 11 271 830
Offsets associated with the tax system -100 001 880
Expenditure reported as credits to tax accounts 0

Balance and the national debt

Central government finances are expected to show a deficit of SEK 7.4 billion in 2017. This will contribute to reducing the national debt. At the beginning of 2017, the national debt is expected to amount to SEK 1 334 billion.

Budget Bill for 2017

On 20 September the Government submitted its proposal for the central government budget to the Riksdag.