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The World Factbook - Sweden

U.S. Central Intelligence Agency CIA

[accessed 17 November 2020]

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[accessed 10 January 2021]

ECONOMIC OVERVIEW - small, open, and competitive economy, which remains outside of the euro zone, has been thriving; has achieved an enviable standard of living, with its combination of free-market capitalism and extensive welfare benefits.

GDP - per capita (PPP): $51,200 (2017 est.)

Labor force - by occupation:

agriculture: 2%

industry: 12%

services: 86% (2014 est.)

Unemployment rate: 6.7% (2017 est.)

Population below poverty line: 15% (2014 est.)

Maternal mortality rate: 4 deaths/100,000 live births (2017 est.)

Infant mortality rate: total: 2.6 deaths/1,000 live births

Life expectancy at birth: total population: 82.4 years

Drinking water source: improved: total: 100% of population

Physicians density: 3.98 physicians/1,000 population (2016)

Sanitation facility access: improved: total: 100% of population

Electricity access: electrification - total population: 100% (2016)

The Borgen Project - Sweden

[accessed 11 March 2021]

The Borgen Project works with U.S. leaders to utilize the United States’ platform behind efforts toward improving living conditions for the world’s poor.  It is an innovative, national campaign that is working to make poverty a focus of U.S. foreign policy.  It believes that leaders of the most powerful nation on earth should be doing more to address global poverty. From ending segregation to providing women with the right to vote, nearly every wrong ever righted in history was achieved through advocacy. The Borgen Project addresses the big picture, operating at the political level advancing policies and programs that improve living conditions for those living on less than $1 per day.

~ What You Need To Know About Women’s Rights In Sweden

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Sweden’s Success: The Country With No Lockdown

Shelby Gruber, The Borgen Project, 25 January 2021

[accessed 11 March 2021]

POVERTY & COVID-19 -- Unsurprisingly, poverty is correlated with higher Covid-19 mortality. One Swedish study claimed that low-income, low-education, unmarried and immigrant males have a higher risk of death from COVID-19. Men in the first and second tertiles of disposable income are five times as likely to die. They also experience 80% higher mortality, than those in the top tertile. This holds true for immigrants from low and middle-income countries, who have a 2.5 times higher mortality among men, and 1.5 times among women, compared to those born in Sweden. Immigrants are more than twice as likely to die than natives.

The World Bank in Sweden

[accessed 21 April 2021]

Sweden supports international efforts to promote human and economic development, reduce poverty, and boost shared prosperity around the world.

Looking back a few years …

Advameg, Inc., Encyclopedia of the Nations

[accessed 10 January 2021]

Swedish living standards and purchasing power are among the highest in the world. However, inflation was a problem for several year after the international oil shocks of the 1970s. the annual rise in consumer prices peaking at 13.7% in 1980 after the second oil shock.

Swedish industry is outstanding in supplying quality goods and specialized products—ball bearings, high-grade steel, machine tools, and glassware—that are in world demand. Intimate contact between trade, industry, and finance is a feature of the economy, as is the spread of factories to rural districts.

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