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Mindre for stadig flere skattekroner. Segerfeldt tænker øjensynligt på Svensk Näringslivs nylige rapport som jeg vedlægger så snart den kommer online igen.

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Financial Times:

http://news.ft.com/cms/s/24b81a6a-472c-11d9-b099-00000e2511c8.html

Sweden no longer welfare role model for world

By Fredrik Segerfeldt

Published: December 6

From Mr Fredrik Segerfeldt.





Sir, For decades, Sweden has been a role model for budding welfare states (European Comment, December 1). The world’s highest taxes have been justified by the world’s most encompassing social protection. This is no longer the case.

True, Sweden still has the highest public social expenditure in Europe, as share of gross domestic product. However, an unemployment benefit or a surgery is not paid for with percentages of GDP, but with real money.

And despite lower taxes, Denmark and Austria devote more euros per capita to social spending than Sweden; Germany and the Netherlands only a little less.

In 1980, social spending in Sweden was 50 per cent higher, in euros per capita, than the average of six other European countries. Since then, Sweden has raised taxes more than the other countries.

Concurrently, the advantage in social spending has all but disappeared. High taxes have lowered growth, diminishing the tax base in comparison with other countries. A large share of a shrinking pie soon gets smaller than a small share of a growing pie. The world’s highest taxes do not produce the world’s best welfare.

Fredrik Segerfeldt, Confederation of Swedish Enterprise, SE-114 82 Stockholm, Sweden

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