Gap in spite of good economy
Swedish families with children have increased their finances during the 21st century. An average family today should be able to provide for two families, if each family kept their budgets to the basic necessities. However the gaps between families with children have increased a lot. Single-parent families are being left behind, and are still struggling.

Couch potatoes risk cancer, according to Swedish research
More proof that couch potatoes better watch out. If you’re vegging out in front of the television with a bag of chips and some Twinkies, you should know that you’re increasing your risk of getting cancer. In a dissertation at Umeå University, researcher Christel Häggström shows that being overweight, having high blood pressure, and high levels of blood sugar and blood lipids are risk factors for kidney and bladder cancer in both men and women, as well as an increased risk for fatal prostate cancer in men. ”Welfare diseases that are linked to a sedentary lifestyle and an unhealthy diet are huge problems in both western countries and globally, since they bring with them increased morbidity and premature deaths. In western countries, cancer is the second most common cause of death after cardiovascular diseases, and by taking care of one’s health and maintaining a healthy weight, one can lower these risks,” Häggström says. The occurance of prostate cancer has increased dramatically in Sweden and is now the most common form of cancer among men, with approximately 10,000 cases a year.

Less unemployment in January
As of mid January, there were 416,173 people in Sweden registered as unemployed with Arbetsförmedlingen (the Swedish Public Employment Service). That’s 7,875 fewer than the same week last year.