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Country Forecast Sweden Updater

  • ID: 2101580
  • January 2016
  • 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, 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 its effective collapse. The coalition later struck a deal with the Alliance bloc, which undercut the balance of power held by the SD. Although the "December Agreement" collapsed in October 2015, The Economist Intelligence Unit's view is that a desire to prevent the SD from gaining parliamentary influence will see the Alliance co-operate with the government on an ad hoc basis, thereby preventing a government crisis and a snap election.

National security has become a priority in the wake of a co-ordinated series of terrorist attacks in Paris in November 2015. Sweden will co-operate more closely with NATO members and its Nordic neighbours, as well as increasing defence spending in 2016-20 to bolster its military capability.

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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 2016-20: Political stability

Outlook for 2016-20: Election watch

Outlook for 2016-20: International relations

Outlook for 2016-20: Policy trends

Outlook for 2016-20: Fiscal policy

Outlook for 2016-20: Monetary policy

Outlook for 2016-20: Economic growth

Outlook for 2016-20: Inflation

Outlook for 2016-20: Exchange rates

Outlook for 2016-20: 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

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