ESSPROS stands for European System of integrated Social Protection Statistics, a harmonised system providing a means of analysing and comparing social protection financial flows. This system has been developed by Eurostat in collaboration with the member states and the data are drawn up according to the ESSPROS Manual. Expenditure of social protection schemes is broken down into social benefits, administration costs and other expenditure. Receipts of social protection schemes comprise social contributions, general government contributions and other receipts.
These data are also available in a database on Eurostat’s website under: Population and social conditions – Data - Living conditions and welfare - Social protection – expenditures/receipts. They also have a publication that can be found by using ESSPROS as search word.
Social protection expenditure and receipts in Sweden and Europe
Social protection expenditures continued to increase during 2011 in current prices but decreased in relation to GDP. In 2011 social protection was 29.4 percent of GDP. The corresponding figure for 2010 was 30.4 percent.
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