Health and inequalities in Sweden: long and short-term perspectives

Johan Fritzell, Carin Lennartsson and Olle Lundberg

in Health inequalities and welfare resources

Published by Policy Press

Published in print December 2006 | ISBN: 9781861347589
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302483 | DOI:
Health and inequalities in Sweden: long and short-term perspectives

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This chapter presents an overview of the extent of and changes in health inequalities for various dimensions of ill health. The long perspective describes changes from the late 1960s to the new millennium with regard to age, class, and gender inequalities as well as inequalities related to country of birth. It notes that from the late 1960s to the early 1980s distribution of resources, especially regarding incomes, became more even and, typically, gender inequalities narrowed, not least with regard to labour market relations. It explains that the 1990s on the other hand, became a decade characterised by economic crisis, mass unemployment, and lower employment rates, increasing income inequalities as well as welfare state restructuring in a number of areas. It analyses how health and health inequalities have developed in Sweden from the late 1960s to 2000.

Keywords: health inequalities; ill health; incomes; gender inequalities; labour market relations; economic crisis; mass unemployment; welfare state; Sweden

Chapter.  9569 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Health, Illness, and Medicine

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