Thursday, December 22, 2005

Another victory for Sweden, sort of

Sweden has won yet another medal in the EU-wide competion about which country is to pay the most. Depending on how you count it, it's either the Gold or the Bronze. According to the latest figures, Sweden will pay net 130 € per capita every year, which is highest in the EU.

However, if we compare the net contributions to BNI, Sweden only comes third. We're estimated to pay 0,37%, following France at 0,39% and Germany at 0,41%. But this prediction takes no account of the traditional Swedish reluctance to co-finance the mis-use of Regional Funds, which leads to that money being returned to the EU. Maybe, if we work on it, we could still steal the Silver from the French!