Social welfare recipients in Sweden 2007-2017

Number of social welfare recipients in Sweden from 2007 to 2017

by Agnete Lundetræ Jürgensen, last edited Aug 9, 2019
Social welfare recipients in Sweden 2007-2017 n 2017, over 400 thousand individuals in Sweden received social welfare benefits. The number of recipients fluctuated over the years, with a peak in 2010 when almost 537 thousand individuals received the benefits. The benefits in 2010 reached a value of over 12 billion Swedish kronor. In 2017, the expenditure on social benefits amounted to around 10.7 billion Swedish kronor.
To help people reach a reasonable standard of living

   The social welfare benefits in Sweden are administered by the National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen in Swedish). The aim of the benefits is to help people in need to reach a reasonable standard of living, though monthly benefits. The amount of the average monthly payment varied over the years, and in 2017 it reached 7,730 Swedish kronor.  

Length of benefits

   The number of months that a person on average received social welfare benefits varied slightly during the period from 2007 to 2017 but it was never shorter than 6 or longer than 6.6 months. In 2017, the length averaged at 6.4 months of receiving social welfare benefits.
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Number of social welfare recipients in Sweden from 2007 to 2017

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