Swedish Centre Party promises tax break for rural northerners

Sweden’s Center Party leader Annie Lööf attends a news conference in Stockholm, Sweden January 16, 2019. Lööf wants to address the tax imbalance for people living in Northern and Northwest Sweden in order to attract more people to those regions. (Jessica Gow/TT News Agency via Reuters)
Sweden’s Centre Party leader Annie Lööf says she wants to address the tax imbalance facing people living in the north and northwest of Sweden.

Lööf wants to raise the basic allowance, the amount of income earners do not have to pay tax on, for those living in the region by SEK 11,000 per year.

The Centre Party believes this will attract more people to the region, although it would cost the state nearly SEK 3 billion a year.

Related stories from around the North:

Canada: Conservative Party leader travels to Yukon, outlines vision for Northern Canada, CBC News

Finland: Finnish EU presidency to work on stronger Arctic policy, climate change mitigation, The Independent Barents Observer

Sweden: Swedish government unveils proposed spring budget, Radio Sweden

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