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Sweden — Government invests in 'Young Sweden' project

09 July 2010

The Swedish government has decided to invest 9.2 billion Kronor (965 million Euro) in jobs, welfare and future investments in what it called 'young Sweden', The Local reports.

3 billion Kronor (314 million Euro) will go to municipalities, the remaining 6.2 billion Kronor (650 million Euro) will go to elementary schools, teachers and apprentices.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Enterprise, Maud Olofsson, said "we do this because we still feel the need to bridge over the bad [economic] situation the recession has created."

Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt, stressed that a large portion of the funds will go into hiring more qualified teachers. Reinfeldt said "the Swedish school system cannot succeed if we do not have good teachers."

Some of the funding will specifically go into teaching mathematics in primary schools, expanding the apprenticeship system in senior secondary and adult education and the introduction of grades starting at the age of eleven.



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