OECD Environmental Performance Reviews: Sweden 2004

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This review of Sweden’s environmental performance takes stock of Sweden’s environmental performance since the last review done in 1996.  It finds that Sweden has benefited from solid institutional and regulatory frameworks, extensive use of economic instruments, and significant planning and legislative reform.  To meet its Environmental Quality Objectives, Sweden will need to implement more efficient environmental policies, further integrate environmental concerns with other policy, and further strengthen international environmental cooperation.  The report makes 44 recommendations to help strengthen Sweden’s environmental performance in the context of sustainable development. 

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Conclusions and Recommendations

Environmental issues and sustainable development have remained high on Sweden’s agenda, in a context of low population and moderate economic growth. Environmental issues in Sweden also have a strong international aspect because of regional economic and environmental interdependencies (e.g. regarding Baltic Sea pollution, transboundary air pollution and Nordic co-operation), because of Sweden’s 1995 entry into the European Union and because of its strong commitment on global environmental issues such as climate change, persistent ...

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