Central government payments gave a surplus in February

5 March 2010 - Press release

Swedish central government payments resulted in a surplus of SEK 43.9 billion in February. The Debt Office's forecast was a surplus of SEK 45.4 billion. The difference is mainly explained by tax revenue being lower than expected.

Tax revenue was SEK 5 billion lower than calculated. This was counteracted by interest payments on central government debt being SEK 1.4 billion lower and the Debt office's net lending to government agencies being SEK 1.6 billion lower than forecast. Remaining central government payments largely developed in line with the forecast.  

The fact that the central government budget shows large surpluses in February each year, is due to many tax payers making supplementary tax payments for the previous income year.

For the twelve-month period up to the end of February, central government payments resulted in a deficit of SEK 181 billion. Central government debt amounted to SEK 1,111 billion at the end of February.

The outcome for March will be published at 9.30 am on 9 April 2010.

Further information can be obtained from:
Håkan Carlsson, phone +46 8 613 47 33