10 million people in Sweden

Statistics Sweden confirmed at 7.47am on Friday that the population of Sweden has hit the ten-million mark.

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“The main reason the population is increasing faster than what was thought a few years ago is because immigration was at an historic high and since then it has increased even more. Population prognoses normally expect that the immigration surplus will go down to the historic average level. That has however not happened yet,”

Tomas Johansson, population analyst at Statistics Sweden, explained to The Local earlier this week.

Read the full story on The Local.se.


 

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Cash is disappearing rapidly in Sweden.

Source: Quartz

Sweden is on its way to becoming the first cashless society on Earth

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There’s a conspicuous lack of cash on Sweden’s streets.

So ubiquitous are digital payments in the country that attempting a paper money transaction at a Swedish bank might provoke a suspicious stare or a report to the police. That’s according to Niklas Arvidsson, a professor at Stockholm’s KTH Royal Institute of Technology.

Arvidsson, who specialises in industrial economics and management, found in a recent study that Sweden is on its way to becoming the world’s first cash-free society. He attributed the disappearance of Swedish banknotes to the country’s embrace of new technologies, the growth of mobile payment systems, and a governmental crackdown on corruption, which helps citizens feel safe about electronic money.

“Our use of cash is small, and it’s disappearing rapidly,” Arvidsson says. Circulation figures from the Riksbank, Sweden’s central bank, back up his assertion.

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Expat glögg party in Stockholm

Tis’ the season to be jolly!

Welcome to our annual glögg-mingle on December 15. We offer a warming cup of glögg and gingerbread together with great company. Bring a friend or come alone to meet new ones.

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We start at 6.00pm at our office on Sveavägen 98, 2nd floor.

 

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Expat voter and your State

The Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act allows US citizens overseas to vote in the state where they last resided prior to departing the US. 

Find out more and how that may impact on your US taxes.

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