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Sweden has shown a longstanding commitment to the environment, significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions, air pollution and nitrogen leaching. It has set itself tough targets for the future, however, and must continue to innovate if it is to meet them, according to the Assessment and recommendations of the 2014 Environmental performance review of Sweden.
This database provides information on environmentally related taxes, fees and charges, tradable permit systems, deposit refund systems, environmentally motivated subsidies and voluntary approaches used in environmental policy in OECD member countries and a number of other countries. Developed in co-operation between the OECD and the European Environment Agency.
With economic recovery underway in most OECD countries, efforts to create jobs and stimulate growth have moved to the local level, where workers are seeking to acquire the skills needed in the 21st Century economy.
The average worker in Sweden faced a tax burden on labour income (tax wedge) of 42.9% in 2013 compared with the OECD average of 35.9%. Sweden was ranked 8 of the 34 OECD member countries in this respect.
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This note presents key findings for Sweden from Society at a Glance 2014 - OECD Social indicators. This 2014 publication also provides a special chapter on: the crisis and its aftermath: a “stress test” for societies and for social policies.
Biographical note of Sweden's Permanent Representative to the OECD.
The OECD Review of Regulatory Reform in Sweden presents an overall picture of regulatory achievements and challenges including regulatory quality, competition policy, and market openness. The 2010 report on Better Regulation analyses key questions for the good management of regulatory policy and reform. This page also includes updates on Sweden in the regulatory policy field.
This case study describes the approach taken to reduce NOx emissions from combustion plants, the challenges encountered and the social, environmental and economic impacts. It concludes by discussing the wider lessons that are raised for other governments seeking to develop similar policy responses.
Tax revenues continue bouncing back from the low levels reported in almost all countries during 2008 and 2009, at the height of the global economic crisis, according to new OECD data in the annual Revenue Statistics publication. This annual publication presents a unique set of detailed and internationally comparable tax revenue data in a common format for all OECD member countries from 1965 onwards.
Sweden’s health and elderly care systems deserve their reputation as being among the best in the world. Yet an ageing population with growing chronic conditions and requiring more complex health services are testing Sweden’s ability to continue delivering high-quality care, according to a new OECD report.