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OECD Territorial Reviews: Sweden 2017

Monitoring Progress in Multi-level Governance and Rural Policy

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Sweden has long given priority to promoting both sustainable economic growth in its regions and equity among them. This report looks at the progress Sweden has made in its regional growth policy, multi-level governance system and rural policy. It also takes a more in-depth look at two topics of increasing importance: whether rural Sweden has been “left behind”, and issues of regional and municipal governance. The report suggests steps Sweden can take to address its regional and rural policy challenges. It also assesses to what degree Sweden has implemented the recommendations made in the 2010 OECD Territorial Review of Sweden.

 

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Assessment and recommendations

Sweden’s deep-rooted commitment to inclusive growth combined with territorial equity is well recognised, and the country has demonstrated its resilience in the global economic turmoil of the late 2000s. The Swedish economy recovered quickly from the 2008-09 financial crisis, and today it is one of the few countries where the gross domestic product (GDP) per capita (USD 46 974 in 2014) is higher than in the pre-crisis period, and is currently 17% higher than the OECD average. Employment is also growing, by about 1% per year since 2010, and labour force participation is the highest in the European Union.

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