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Sweden's farm household incomes increased by 2 pct between 2020 and 2021

Christian Fernsby |
The average incomes for Sweden's roughly 54,000 farming households with sole proprietorships increased by an average of 2 percent to SEK 415,000 ($39,000) between the years 2020 and 2021.

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This is shown by the Swedish Agricultural Agency's statistical report on the farming households' incomes for the income year 2021.

For Sweden's roughly 54,000 farming households with sole proprietorships, the average household income from wage labor (including pensions), business activities and capital after deductions for taxes and other negative transfers increased by an average of 2 percent to SEK 415,000.

The average household income was highest for farming households with dairy cows (SEK 484,000 per year) and lowest for those with businesses that combined care of different types of farm animals (SEK 398,000 ($37,000) per year).

For the roughly 12,000 farming households that had full-time farming, the average income was SEK 467,000 ($43,000) per household, an increase of 3 percent since the previous income year.

For the nearly 21,000 farming households with small farms, the average income was SEK 402,000 ($37,000) per household, an increase of 2 percent since the previous income year.

Farm households that farm as joint-stock companies are not included in this statistical report.

The average household income per household member is lowest for members of households with full-time agriculture and highest for members of households with small farms.

Full-time farming means farming that requires at least 1,600 working hours per year. Small farms mean agriculture that requires a maximum of 400 working hours per year.

The concept of total earned income is the sum of taxed income from service and business activities.

Income from service is a large part of earned income for all farming households, regardless of whether they have full-time farming or small farms.

For households with full time agriculture, taxed income from service in 2021 was on average 59 percent of earned income and for smallholder households 92 percent.


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