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Hospodárske noviny - Slovakia | 15/09/2006

Sweden votes

The outcome of the elections on Sunday in Sweden will be interesting, not only for the Swedes, Jiri Sladek explains. "After dozens of years it seems possible that the Swedish electorate may vote the old social welfare state out of office. By doing so they would be dismantling a model that was basically a Swedish invention… Unemployment is down to less than six percent, and the economy has grown more than in the past six years. The old model has been lucrative for Sweden. They've had free health care and haven't had to pay tuition fees for the excellent education they receive, but now they're being told the system is no longer viable… The service sector and the labour market need reform. But first opposition leader Fredrik Reinfeldt must make the unemployed understand why cutting their benefits will lead to more jobs."

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