The Swedish Agency for Public Management

The public sector in brief 2016

In this report, we describe the development of the Swedish public sector in four different areas: public finances, employment, the number of authorities and man-years in the public sector, and the citizen's perceptions of the quality of public services. The focus is on reporting the past year's trends, mainly in state administration.

In brief, the main results are:

  • The public finance deficit decreased in 2015 with 1.3 percentage points of GDP compared to 2014.
  • Employment in the public sector increased slightly in 2014 compared to 2013. It applies in all sub-sectors: government, municipalities and county councils.
  • The number of government agencies continues to decrease, but not at the same pace as in the early and mid-2000s. In January 2016 there were 347 agencies, which is 2 fewer than in 2015.
  • Citizens were most positive about work by the Police and the Swedish Tax Agency, while the Public Employment Service is the least appreciated of the agencies in the survey.