Expenditure on elderly care in Sweden 2012-2017

Expenditure on elderly care in Sweden from 2012 to 2017 (in billion SEK)

by F. Norrestad, last edited Aug 9, 2019
Expenditure on elderly care in Sweden 2012-2017 The expenditure on elderly care in Sweden has been fluctuating over the years. The highest amount during the period was reached in 2014, when 123 billion Swedish kronor were spent on care for the elderly. In 2017 the amount spent was 121.7 billion Swedish kronor, a decrease from the previous year. The expenditure as a share of gross domestic product was at the same level of 2.7 percent during the period from 2015 to 2017, which is less than the 2.8 percent spent in the three previous years.
Highest expenditure for special housing

     The largest amount of the total expenditure for elderly care in 2017 was for special housing, a sum that amounted to 69.3 billion Swedish kronor. Elderly care in Sweden is administered at a municipal level, and therefore the special housing can look different for different municipalities, but the definition is housing for elderly with a large need for care, who are not able to live alone.  

Elderly are a growing population

      In 2018, 19.9 percent of the Swedish population was 65 years and older. 5.1 percent was 80 years and older, and one percent was 90 years and older. According to Statistics Sweden, the largest percentual increase of the population in Sweden until 2028 is expected to occur among individuals 80 years and older.
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Expenditure on elderly care in Sweden from 2012 to 2017 (in billion SEK)

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