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95% of Swedes Cheat the System

John on October 19, 2007 at 10:58 pm

That’s according to a new survey:

Nearly 95 percent of Swedes admit that they abuse the country’s public services and benefits systems. Only 5 percent never bend the rules, according to a new study carried out by two senior economists.

Some 16 percent of those polled said they had seriously cheated the public sector, for example by claiming unemployment or sick benefits to which they were not entitled. 95 percent admitted maximizing use of the system by legal means, for instance by exploiting loopholes.

Some 1,257 randomly selected Swedes were interviewed in the poll.


“The Social Insurance Administration, [employment office] AMS and the unemployment insurance funds have for decades presented serious underestimates of the extent of cheating and over-exploitation,” they write.

“Government agencies and departments often hold back from highlighting the hidden reality, as it also reflects their failures,” say Fölster and Bergström, who want agencies to be forced to carry out more thorough evaluations.

Nothing particularly unique about Swedes of course. If we offered the same smörgÃ¥sbord of benefits, we’d have the same problems here. So…let’s not.

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