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    Sweden Economy - 2005
    https://allcountries.org/wfb2005/sweden/sweden_economy.html
    SOURCE: 2005 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK

      Economy - overview:
      Aided by peace and neutrality for the whole 20th century, Sweden has achieved an enviable standard of living under a mixed system of high-tech capitalism and extensive welfare benefits. It has a modern distribution system, excellent internal and external communications, and a skilled labor force. Timber, hydropower, and iron ore constitute the resource base of an economy heavily oriented toward foreign trade. Privately owned firms account for about 90% of industrial output, of which the engineering sector accounts for 50% of output and exports. Agriculture accounts for only 2% of GDP and 2% of the jobs. The government's commitment to fiscal discipline resulted in a substantial budgetary surplus in 2001, which was cut by more than half in 2002, due to the global economic slowdown, declining revenue, and increased spending. The Swedish central bank (the Riksbank) focuses on price stability with its inflation target of 2%. Growth remained sluggish in 2003, but picked up in 2004. Presumably because of generous sicktime benefits, Swedish workers report in sick more often than other Europeans. On 14 September 2003, Swedish voters turned down entry into the euro system, concerned about the impact on democracy and sovereignty.

      GDP:
      purchasing power parity - $255.4 billion (2004 est.)

      GDP - real growth rate:
      3.6% (2004 est.)

      GDP - per capita:
      purchasing power parity - $28,400 (2004 est.)

      GDP - composition by sector:
      agriculture: 2%
      industry: 29%
      services: 69% (2001)

      Labor force:
      4.46 million (2004 est.)

      Labor force - by occupation:
      agriculture 2%, industry 24%, services 74% (2000 est.)

      Unemployment rate:
      5.6% (2004 est.)

      Population below poverty line:
      NA

      Household income or consumption by percentage share:
      lowest 10%: 3.7%
      highest 10%: 20.1% (1992)

      Distribution of family income - Gini index:
      25 (1992)

      Inflation rate (consumer prices):
      0.7% (2004 est.)

      Investment (gross fixed):
      15.8% of GDP (2004 est.)

      Budget:
      revenues: $201.3 billion
      expenditures: $199.6 billion, including capital expenditures of NA (2004 est.)

      Public debt:
      51.6% of GDP (2004 est.)

      Agriculture - products:
      barley, wheat, sugar beets; meat, milk

      Industries:
      iron and steel, precision equipment (bearings, radio and telephone parts, armaments), wood pulp and paper products, processed foods, motor vehicles

      Industrial production growth rate:
      5.5% (2004 est.)

      Electricity - production:
      142.8 billion kWh (2002)

      Electricity - consumption:
      138.1 billion kWh (2002)

      Electricity - exports:
      14.8 billion kWh (2002)

      Electricity - imports:
      20.1 billion kWh (2002)

      Oil - production:
      0 bbl/day (2001 est.)

      Oil - consumption:
      328,600 bbl/day (2001 est.)

      Oil - exports:
      203,700 bbl/day (2001)

      Oil - imports:
      553,100 bbl/day (2001)

      Natural gas - production:
      0 cu m (2001 est.)

      Natural gas - consumption:
      949 million cu m (2001 est.)

      Natural gas - exports:
      0 cu m (2001 est.)

      Natural gas - imports:
      968 million cu m (2001 est.)

      Current account balance:
      $24.08 billion (2004 est.)

      Exports:
      $121.7 billion f.o.b. (2004 est.)

      Exports - commodities:
      machinery 35%, motor vehicles, paper products, pulp and wood, iron and steel products, chemicals

      Exports - partners:
      US 10.7%, Germany 10.3%, UK 7.2%, Denmark 6.6%, Norway 6.2%, Finland 5.9%, Belgium 5.1%, Netherlands 4.8%, France 4.7% (2004)

      Imports:
      $97.97 billion f.o.b. (2004 est.)

      Imports - commodities:
      machinery, petroleum and petroleum products, chemicals, motor vehicles, iron and steel; foodstuffs, clothing

      Imports - partners:
      Germany 20.2%, Denmark 8.2%, UK 7.9%, Netherlands 7.2%, Finland 7%, France 6.1%, Norway 5.9%, Belgium 4.5% (2004)

      Reserves of foreign exchange and gold:
      $19.99 billion (2003)

      Debt - external:
      $66.5 billion (1994)

      Economic aid - donor:
      ODA, $1.7 billion (1997)

      Currency (code):
      Swedish krona (SEK)

      Exchange rates:
      Swedish kronor per US dollar - 7.3489 (2004), 8.0863 (2003), 9.7371 (2002), 10.3291 (2001), 9.1622 (2000)

      Fiscal year:
      calendar year


      NOTE: The information regarding Sweden on this page is re-published from the 2005 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Sweden Economy 2005 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Sweden Economy 2005 should be addressed to the CIA.







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