Social welfare recipients in Sweden 2008-2018

In 2018, almost 400 thousand individuals in Sweden received social welfare benefits. The number of recipients fluctuated over the years, with a peak in 2010 when almost 437 thousand individuals received the benefits. The benefits in 2010 reached a value of over 12 billion Swedish kronor. In 2018, the expenditure on social benefits amounted to around 11.2 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 2018 it reached 8,139 Swedish kronor.  

Length of benefits

   The number of months that a person on average received social welfare benefits varied slightly during the period from 2008 to 2018 but the average was never shorter than 6 or longer than 6.6 months. In 2018, the length averaged at 6.7 months of receiving social welfare benefits.

Number of social welfare recipients in Sweden from 2008 to 2018

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Release date

September 2019



Survey time period

2008 to 2018

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