Tax as a percentage of GDP

According to the OECD, the Swedish tax-to-GDP ratio was 43.3 percent in 2015, thus exceeding OECD average by 9 percentage points.

The tax-to-GDP ratio, measured as total income from taxes and social security contributions divided by the GDP, was 43.3 percent in Sweden in 2015 according to the OECD. Compared with the other OECD member states, six countries have a higher tax-to-GDP ratio.

Beginning in the 1960s and 1970s, the tax level in Sweden increased sharply and culminated in the late 1980s with the tax-to-GDP ratio peaking at well over 50 percent. Over the past few of years, the tax-to-GDP ratio has tended to decrease, much due to tax cuts on work income.