Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Unemployment rate - Less than 25 years - Sweden

Data from Eurostat
Last updated: Oct 24, 2012

Unemployment rate
The unemployment rate represents unemployed persons as a percentage of the labour force. The labour force is the total number of people employed and unemployed.
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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Economist: The undeployed

From: Oct 30th 2012, 15:13 by
A broader measure makes unemployment in Europe look even worse

UNEMPLOYMENT rates typically count those looking for work but unable to find it. That measure overlooks many who are semi-detached from the labour market, even though they may be willing to work. People who fall into this category might be available to work but not seeking a job, or they might be looking for work but unable to start right away. Together, they number 17.8m in the European Union. This makes the broad measure of unemployment twice as high as its official rate in some cases. Italy alone has 4m of these undeployed workers. Europe's unemployment numbers, which are already bad, look far worse when they are taken into account.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Eurostat: Increase of asylum applicants highest in Sweden and Germany

From: Eurostat 
Release date: 24-OCTOBER -12

Around 2 000 asylum applicants more registered in Sweden (SE) and Germany (DE) in Q2
2012 compared to the same quarter of 2011

Figure 3: Asylum applicants, absolute change between Q2 2011 and Q2 2012

Source: Eurostat (online data code: migr_asyappctzm)

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Economist: Economic contribution of women - Sweden third lowest potential

From: Oct 20th 2012 | from the print edition

In the next decade nearly 1 billion women are likely to enter the global labour force. But their economic potential is largely unrealised. According to a report by Booz & Company, a consultancy, if female employment rates matched those of men, GDP would increase by 2% in Sweden, 5% in America and 9% in Japan by 2020. The impact would be even larger for developing countries, home to most of the world’s women who lack adequate education and support (social and political). Increasing female employment would increase GDP significantly in countries like India and Egypt, where female labour-participation rates are below 30%. These countries rank low in Booz’s index of women’s economic empowerment.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

.se: The report Swedes and the Internet 2012 released

From: Rapporten Svenskarna och Internet 2012 släppt

(Part of the press release translated by Google below)


October 17, 2012
The daily use of the Internet have increased significantly among children in low-and middle school. Now, over half of Swedish people access the Internet via mobile phones, and even surf the plates begin to spread. This is shown by. SE's annual report Swedes and the Internet released today.

A clear trend in the report Swedes and the Internet 2012 is that Internet use continues to go down the ages. The largest increase is school children in low and middle school for, but half of all three-year olds and two of five two year olds use the Internet. It is also becoming more common to connect via smart phones and tablets. In two years, a further third of the Swedish people gained access to the mobile Internet. Now, more than half of Swedish a connected mobile phone.

- We have seen the trend of the declining age of onset of Internet use for some years now, but every time you shocked that it can continue, says Janne Elvelid, project manager for the Swedes and the Internet. U.S..

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Monday, October 15, 2012

Economist: Sweden - The new model

A bit more unequal, a lot more efficient
SALTSJÖBADEN, A CHARMING seaside town on the outskirts of Stockholm, has an iconic place in Swedish economic history. The “Saltsjöbaden Accord”, signed there between unions and employers in 1938, ushered in the consensus system of labour relations that remains a pillar of Sweden’s economic model. Nowadays the town is famous for a different reason. It is one of Stockholm’s fanciest suburbs, and the setting for “Sunny Side”, a popular television comedy that pokes fun at the country’s new rich. In the show, Saltsjöbaden’s yuppy residents fret over how to get their babies into the best nursery. A badly behaved child is threatened with banishment to Fisksätra, a poor enclave a few train stops away, where immigrants from 100 countries cram into dilapidated blocks of flats.
The most equal country in the world is becoming less so. Sweden’s Gini coefficient for disposable income is now 0.24, still a lot lower than the rich-world average of 0.31 but around 25% higher than it was a generation ago. That rise is causing considerable angst in a nation whose self-image is staunchly egalitarian. A leftist group caused a media hubbub earlier this year by organising a “class safari” bus tour of Saltsjöbaden and Fisksätra. Opposition leaders insist that the ruling centre-right party is turning Sweden into America.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Eurostat Regional yearbook 2012 / Statistical Atlas: South Sweden high in R&D

The Eurostat regional yearbook 2012 includes fourteen chapters on economy, population, health, education, labour market, structural business statistics, tourism, information society, agriculture, transport, science, technology & innovation, European cities, coastal regions and territorial typologies.
The share of R&D expenditure in GDP was 3% or more in 35 regions, which accounted for nearly half of all R&D expenditure in the EU27. Among these regions, eleven were in Germany, eight in the United Kingdom, four in Sweden of which South Sweden was highest (4,73 %), three each in Denmark and Finland and two each in Belgium, France and Austria.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Digital Agenda for Europe - European Commission

Digital Agenda for Europe - European Commission

Despite being well above the average penetration EU level, Sweden is the country with the lowest penetration growth rate among the countries of the EU.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Significance - The global economy: worse, better or the same?

From: Significance website:
The global economy: worse, better or the same?
Author:Vasilis Nikolaou

Taking a closer look in Europe’s trade statistics in 2010, we can see that Germany (DE), Europe’s largest economy, had the biggest positive trade balance of €154 billion, followed by the Netherlands (NL) and Ireland (IE) with €44 and €42 billion respectively. Sweden (SE) belongs to a group of countries with smaller surplus. On the other end, the United Kingdom (GB) had the biggest trade deficit of €132 billion followed by France (FR), Spain (ES) and Greece (GR) with negative trade balances of €65, €55 and €32 billion euros respectively.

Figure 2. EU Trade balance (billion EUR) in 2010.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Europe 2020 Strategy – towards a smarter, greener and more inclusive EU economy?

From: Europe 2020 Strategy – towards a smarter, greener and more inclusive EU economy? - Issue number 39/2012

The publication presents the latest available data on Europe 2020 headline indicators, taking into
account the role of Eurostat to ensure the statistical support for the strategy and to produce
relevant data that meet high quality standards. To monitor the progress towards Europe 2020
strategy objectives, a set of eight main indicators and three sub-indicators has been developed.
The strategy sets the union targets, to be achieved by 2020, while Member States commit their
national targets in the National Reform Programmes. The publication presents data on EU-27
aggregates, individual Member States and where available on the EFTA and the candidate
countries, US and Japan.

EU target - 75 % of the population aged 20-64 should be employed by 2020

Differences between EU Member States are large – in 2011. Greece had the lowest employment rate at
59.9 % and Sweden the highest at 80.0 %. Austria, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands and Sweden
reported employment rate above the EU target of 75 %, while Greece, Hungary, Italy, Malta, Spain,
Romania, Bulgaria, Ireland and Poland below 65 %. Only Sweden has reached its national target
of 80%.

EU target – 3 % of the EU's GDP should be invested in R&D by 2020

The European Union as a whole would have to increase expenditure on R&D by 1.0 percentage
point to meet the EU target. In 2010, Finland, Sweden and Denmark reported shares of 3.87 %,
3.42 % and 3.06 % respectively.

EU target – Increase the share of renewable energy sources in final energy consumption to 20 % by 2020

The share of renewable energy sources in gross final energy consumption in 2010 varied widely
among Member States, ranging from 0.4 % in Malta to 47.9 % in Sweden. Between 2005 and
2010, all Member States increased their share of renewable energy. Romania, Estonia and Sweden
are among the countries which have almost reached their national targets – with 0.6, 0.7 and
1.1 percentage points respectively still remaining.

EU target – Reduction of poverty by aiming to lift at least 20 million people out of the
risk of poverty or social exclusion

Between 2005 and 2010, the share of people at risk of poverty or social exclusion declined in about half of
the Member States, rose in six and remained almost constant in seven others. The countries showing the
highest risk of poverty or social exclusion in 2005 had the strongest reductions by2010. In 2010 at national
level the differences were large - from 14.4 % and 15.0 % respectively for the Czech Republic and Sweden
to 41.6 % and 41.4 % for Bulgaria and Romania.