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Country Forecast Sweden Updater

  • ID: 2101580
  • Country Profile
  • April 2017
  • Region: Sweden
  • 17 Pages
  • The Economist Intelligence Unit
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A coalition government comprising the Social Democratic Party (SAP) and the Green Party took office following the election in September 2014. This red-green, centre-left coalition, which replaced the four-party, centre-right Alliance for Sweden government, has a smaller parliamentary minority than its predecessor, owing to a rise in the number of seats gained by the far-right Sweden Democrats (SD).

The SD obstructed the government's 2015 budget in December 2014, leading to the government's effective collapse. The coalition later struck a deal with the Alliance bloc, undercutting the balance of power held by the SD. Although the deal fell apart in October 2015, co-operation between the coalition and the opposition parties has continued on an ad hoc basis. However, risks to political stability increased after the Moderate Party announced in January 2017 that it would accept support from the SD, with the aim of unseating the government.

For now, at least two of the other Alliance parties reject collaboration with the SD. The Economic Intelligence Unit's view is that this will enable the SAP-led coalition to remain in office until the next election, in September 2018. However, robust support for the anti-immigration SD after the election could mean that the other Alliance parties will fall into line with the Moderates' strategy.
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Country Forecast Sweden Updater

Country forecast overview: Highlights

Country forecast overview: Key indicators

Country forecast overview: Business environment rankings

Country forecast overview: Sweden's business environment at a glance
Policy towards private enterprise and competition
Policy towards foreign investment
Foreign trade and exchange controls
Taxes
Financing
The labour market
Infrastructure

Fact sheet

Outlook for 2017-21: Political stability

Outlook for 2017-21: Election watch

Outlook for 2017-21: International relations

Outlook for 2017-21: Policy trends

Outlook for 2017-21: Fiscal policy

Outlook for 2017-21: Monetary policy

Outlook for 2017-21: Economic growth

Outlook for 2017-21: Inflation

Outlook for 2017-21: Exchange rates

Outlook for 2017-21: External sector

Data summary: Global outlook

Data summary: Gross domestic product, current market prices

Data summary: Gross domestic product, at constant prices

Data summary: Gross domestic product by sector of origin

Data summary: Growth and productivity

Data summary: Economic structure, income and market size

Data summary: Fiscal indicators

Data summary: Monetary indicators

Data summary: Employment, wages and prices

Data summary: Current account and terms of trade

Data summary: Foreign direct investment

Data sources and definitions
Global data
Domestic data
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