A number of public services and state-owned companies have been privatized in Sweden during the last ten years – telephone operator Telia and liquor retailer Vin & Sprit to name just two. How far should Sweden go when it comes to privatization?
When it comes to privatization we are pragmatic and not ideologically driven. Sweden as a country can in many cases be a successful company owner and contribute to a positive development for the people. The jobs within state-owned companies are important for our country. It’s worth remembering that state-owned companies have profited by over SEK 20 billion per year. That’s equivalent to the entire annual child benefit costs. Thus, selling what’s paying for our welfare is not wise politics.