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Wind power is gaining ground in Sweden and electricity production from wind power increased by nearly 45 percent in 2015. During the year, nine counties had more electricity production from wind power than from conventional thermal power.
For multi-dwelling and commercial buildings and for owner-occupied dwellings, the total assessed value increased by 13 percent for comparable units between 2015 and 2016 in the 2016 real estate assessments.
In 2016 the number of employed persons aged 15–74 was 4 910 000, an increase of 73 000 compared with 2015. The number of unemployed persons decreased by 20 000 and was 367 000, while the unemployment rate decreased by 0.5 percentage points to 6.9 percent. The number of permanent employees was 3 680 000 in 2016, an increase of 85 000 persons compared with 2015. The number of permanent employees increased for third year in a row.
Households’ loans had a 6.7 percent annual rate of increase in the fourth quarter of 2016, which is 0.4 percentage points lower than in the third quarter. This is the second quarter in a row that the rate of increase has dropped. Households' financial savings, new savings minus increase in debt, amounted to SEK 13 billion in the fourth quarter of 2016, and were slightly lower than in the corresponding quarter in the last three years.
In the fourth quarter of 2016 the number of employees amounted to 4 577 400, an increase of 2.2 percent compared with the same quarter last year. Total gross pay amounted to SEK 422.6 billion, an increase of 5.7 percent. There were 92 200 job openings on the labour market, an increase of 13.7 percent.
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Migration results in a younger population
Statistics Sweden has estimated how the population would have looked like if we did not have any immigration or emigration since 1970.
Many different nationalities
The number of foreign citizens in Sweden rose in 2014. On New Year's Eve, 740 000 persons from nearly 200 countries resided here.
Marriage now more common in Sweden
Contrary to trends in the rest of the EU, marriage in Sweden has become more common during the 2000s.
On 2 February, the Parliamentary Committee on the Constitution unanimously nominated Stefan Lundgren as new Auditor-General with administrative responsibility. Mr Lundgren will take office as one of three new Auditor-Generals on 15 March this year. His new appointment is for seven years.
Stefan Lundgren nominated as Auditor-General
of 10 individuals made purchases online in the first quarter in 2016.
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