Surplus for Swedish central government in October 2019

Press release 7 November 2019

Swedish central government payments resulted in a surplus of SEK 31.9 billion in October. The Debt Office's forecast was a surplus of SEK 30.2 billion. The difference was mainly due to the Debt Office’s net lending being lower than expected.

The primary balance was SEK 0.7 billion lower than predicted. Tax income was approximately SEK 4 billion lower than forecasted, due to higher outflows from tax accounts than expected. This was offset by lower payments from several authorities, including the Swedish Migration Agency and the Swedish Transport Administration.

The Debt Office’s net lending to government agencies etc. was SEK 2.2 billion lower than anticipated. This is mainly due to lower lending to mainly the Swedish Transport Administration and Svenska kraftnät. In addition, the deposits were higher than expected. The Riksbank has repaid, as expected, a loan in foreign currency which lowered the net lending. The repayment of the loan by the Riksbank strengthens the budget surplus with approximately SEK 26 billion.

Interest payments on central government debt were SEK 0.2 billion lower than calculated.

For the twelve-month period up to the end of October 2019, central government payments resulted in a surplus of SEK 122.4 billion. An amount corresponding to SEK 69 billion is included in the surplus. This amount is due to the repayment of loans in foreign currency by the Riksbank to the Debt Office.

Central government debt amounted to SEK 1 035 billion at the end of October.

The outcome for November 2019 will be published on 6 December at 9.30 a.m. 


Elin Stenbacka, Macroeconomist, +46 (0)8 613 45 99

Press Secretary, +46 (0)8 613 47 01 

Budget balance and central government net borrowing requirement¹ (SEK million)

1 The net borrowing requirement corresponds to the budget balance with opposite sign.

2 Sum of monthly forecast deviations since last forecast (October 2019).

3 Net of the state's primary expenditure and income.

4 The net of government agencies etc. deposits and loans in the state’s internal bank. The net lending includes both current government operations and temporary occurrences which can be decided on short notice. The net lending affects the net borrowing requirement and central government debt, but are not covered by the Central government expenditure ceiling.

 Outcome Oct.Forecast Oct.Dev. Oct.Acc.    Dev2Outcome 12-month

Budget balance

31 874

30 235

1 639

1 639

122 401

Net borrowing requirement

-31 874

-30 235

-1 639

-1 639

-122 401

Primary balance3





-74 219

Net lending to agencies etc.4

-31 307

-29 113

-2 193

-2 193

-69 588

Interest payments on central government debt

-1 208

-1 015



21 406

 - Interest on loans in SEK

-1 888

-1 425



17 405

 - Interest on loans in foreign currency






 - Realised currency gains and losses





4 331

More data on the borrowing requirement and government debt.

Report Swedens Central Government Debt October 2019

The monthly outcome of the central government net borrowing requirement is included in the official statistics of Sweden.