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  • 17 Nov
    Interval between births is shorter today than it was in the 1970s

    The median interval between the birth of the first and second child is currently three years in Sweden, a decline compared to an interval of almost four years during the mid-1970s. The length of the interval between births differs by levels of education, age of the mother, as well as between native- and foreign-born women.

  • 17 Nov
    Increased liability in SEK

    At the end of October, the Swedish liability in interest-bearing securities amounted to SEK 7 719 billion, which is an increase of SEK 158 billion compared with the end of September. The short-term liability increased with SEK 95 billion while the value of the long-term liability increased by SEK 63 billion, mostly due to bonds issued in SEK.

  • 17 Nov
    40 000 new dwellings in multi-dwelling buildings

    According to preliminary figures, the construction of roughly 49 800 dwellings began during the first three quarters of 2017. This is an increase of 11 percent compared with the same period in 2016, when the construction of 45 016 dwellings started.

  • 16 Nov
    The number of employed persons continued to increase

    In October 2017, there were 5 041 000 employed persons aged 15–74, not seasonally adjusted. This was an increase of 111 000 persons compared with October 2016. There were 337 000 unemployed persons and the unemployment rate was 6.3 percent. The number of hours worked averaged 172.1 million per week. Smoothed and seasonally adjusted data shows an increase in the number of employed persons and small changes in the unemployment rate, which was 6.7 percent.

  • 15 Nov
    Parts of this year's harvest were left on the fields

    The total grain harvest for this year is estimated at just over 5.9 million tonnes. That is 9 percent more than last year and 8 percent more than the average for the last five years. If crops were harvested before the autumn rains, yield levels were often relatively high. But more than 2 percent of the cereal crop area was unharvested, with wide regional variations. The summer drought also reduced the yields in many areas.

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Key figures for Sweden

Population 10 093 734

September 2017

Growth rate, lending to households 7.1 %

September 2017

Inflation rate according to CPIF 1.8 %

October 2017 compared with the same period previous year

Consumer Price Index (CPI) 323.38

October 2017

GDP, change in volume (seasonally adjusted) 1.3 %

2nd quarter 2017 compared with the previous period

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Statistics Sweden offers its expertise to develop capacity within statistical agencies and statistical systems in low and middle income countries through the transfer of knowledge.

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