Europe 2020 indicators - Sweden

Data extracted in June 2018.

Planned article update: September 2019.

Figure 1: Change since 2008 in relation to national targets (*)
Source: Eurostat (see dedicated web section: Europe 2020 headline indicators)
Explanations on this radar chart are available here.

This article is part of a set of statistical articles on Europe 2020 strategy, focusing on the situation in Sweden.

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With 51.3 % of its population aged 30 to 34 years having attained a tertiary education in 2017, Sweden exceeded its national 2020 target by 6.3 percentage points. It also met its commitment on early leavers from education and training in 2015, but the slight increase in the share of early school leavers in 2016 and 2017 nudged the country away from its target. In the same year, the country exceeded its employment target by 1.8 percentage points and had the highest employment rates in the EU. In 2016, Sweden also surpassed its renewable energy target by increasing the share of renewables in gross final energy consumption to 53.8 % — by far the best performance in the EU. By reducing GHG emissions by 22.5 % between 1990 and 2016, Sweden met its respective national target for a fourth consecutive year. An increase in primary energy consumption in 2016 has pushed Sweden away from its 2020 national target. Despite having the highest R&D intensity across the EU, the country has to close a 0.75 percentage point gap between 2016 and 2020 to meet its ambitious national target of spending 4 % of GDP on R&D.

Table 1: National Europe 2020 indicators: most recent data and targets
Source: Eurostat (see dedicated web section: Europe 2020 headline indicators)

Data sources

More information about the origin of the data and the calculation of indicators can be obtained via the Europe 2020 indicators dedicated website.

Under 'Main tables', click on the icons next to the indicators:

  • 'Explanatory texts (metadata)' for a detailed overview of the collection and compilation methods;
  • 'Information on the leaf' for data availability per country.

A more general overview of quality procedures can be found in Implementation of standard reference metadata for indicators - the ESMS Indicator Profile (ESMS-IP) (PDF file).


Europe 2020 is the EU’s agenda for jobs and growth for the current decade. It emphasises smart, sustainable and inclusive growth as a way to strengthen the EU economy and prepare its structure for the challenges of the next decade. As a main objective, the strategy strives to deliver high levels of employment, productivity and social cohesion in the Member States, while reducing the impact on the natural environment.

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