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The civil society 2020

Number of organisations in civil society increased

Statistical news from Statistics Sweden 2022-10-21 8.00

In 2020, there were 206 506 organisations in civil society, which is 1.5 percent more than in 2019. Since 2016, the number of organisations has increased by 4.0 percent. The largest proportion of organisations was located in development and housing, followed by culture and recreation.

Among the civil society organisations, 62.1 percent were classified as non-profit associations. In addition, 37.9 percent of the civil society organisations were economically active.

Total production in civil society was SEK 271 billion and value added amounted to SEK 157 billion in 2020. The civil society contribution to GDP was 3.1 percent in 2020.

In 2020, there were 188 100 gainfully employed persons in civil society, which corresponds to 3.8 percent of the total number of employees in Sweden. Women accounted for 60.9 percent of employees in civil society, which can be compared with 48.2 percent, the total proportion of women in the labour force. There were 72 813 persons gainfully employed in non-profit associations in civil society, which corresponds to 38.7 percent.

In 2020, there were 2 271 providers of services in education, health care and social services that were purchased by municipalities and county councils in civil society. This is less than in 2019, when there were
2 309 organisations. Civil society organisations accounted for 19.8 percent of all private providers in education, health care and social services.

Value added, income, expenses and savings, current prices and shares of the total economy, 2019 and 2020, SEK billion
  2019 2020
  Sweden in total -thereof civil society Share Sweden in total -thereof civil society Share
Production 9 302 275 3.0% 9 134 271 3.0%
- thereof payment from the public sector   40     44  
GDP / Value added at base price 4 485 159 3.5% 4 472 157 3.5%
GDP at market price / value added at base price 5 050 159 3.1% 5 039 157 3.1%
Compensation to employees 2 395 79 3.3% 2 420 77 3.2%
Operating surplus and mixed income, gross 1 635 65 4.0% 1 681 66 3.9%
Capital income, net 133 2   160 9  
Current transfers, net ‑97 16   ‑106 ‑1  
Disposable income, net 4 240 36 0.8% 4 222 40 0.9%
Final consumption expenditure 3 570 58 1.6% 3 548 62 1.7%
Gross fixed capital formation 1 233 92 7.5% 1 265 78 6.1%
Net lending (+)/net borrowing (-) 261 ‑96   298 ‑91  

Gainfully employed broken down by gender for Sweden in total and civil society, 2019 and 2020
  2019 2020
  Sweden in total -thereof civil society Share Sweden in total -thereof civil society Share
Total number of gainfully employed 5 061 554 199 280 3.9% 4 981 741 188 100 3.8%
Number of women 2 443 578 120 619 4.9% 2 399 089 114 565 4.8%
Number of men 2 617 976 78 661 3.0% 2 582 652 73 535 2.8%

Source: Labour statistics based on administrative sources and civil society

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A more detailed report of this survey is published in the publication: The civil society 2019 (pdf, in Swedish)

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