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Social welfare expenditure in Sweden 2009-2019

The social welfare expenditure in Sweden was around 11.6 billion Swedish kronor in 2019, which was an expenditure that has been relatively stable since 2012. The expenditure peaked in 2010, when it was around 12.1 billion Swedish kronor. The roughly 11.6 billion Swedish kronor spent in 2019 was dispensed to almost 382 thousand recipients in need.

To help the economically vulnurable

The purpose of social welfare in Sweden is to help the economically vulnerable households to reach a reasonable standard of living, through monthly benefits. During the period from 2009 to 2019, the average monthly amount fluctuated between around 7.6 thousand Swedish kronor as the lowest, to around 8.3 thousand as the highest. In 2019, the average monthly amount was 8,274 Swedish kronor.  

Age of the recipients

The age of the recipients differs between the municipalities in Sweden, depending on the number of inhabitants per age group, the labor market in the municipality and the education level of the working age population. The most common age of recipients was from 30 to 39 years. This age group consisted of little over 54 thousand of the almost 400 thousand recipients.

Social welfare expenditure in Sweden from 2009 to 2019

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Source

Release date

June 2020

Region

Sweden

Survey time period

2009 to 2019

Supplementary notes

The source adds the following information: "The expenditure is measured in 2016 prices"

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