In contrast, the Security Police was only allocated 10 million kroner (1.2 million dollars) for its bid to better cope with the growing terrorist threat against Sweden. Obviously, this reflects Sweden's priorities.
Meanwhile, crime rates have been soaring across the country, following the influx of refugees, which may prove a goldmine for Sweden's lawyers. In a controversial attempt to ease the bureaucratic burden, budget allocations for legal assistants were raised over 11 percent to 300 million kroner (roughly 37 million dollars), news outlet Fria Tider reported.
"The expenditure has increased more than expected, partly due to increased negotiation periods for criminal cases, partly due to the increase in complex cases with multiple defenders," the government's proposition explained.
Additionally, Sweden's Migration Board will receive nearly 2.2 billion kroner extra (270 million dollars). The increase is planned to cover the standing understaffing the board is suffering from. Over the past years, the Migration Board's staff has more than doubled, yet is still unable to deal with increasing queues.
When it comes to the losing end of the budget, the developing countries depending on the Swedish aid have ended up at a loss, as Sweden's international effort was slashed by 4.1 billion kroner (500 million dollars). Another major loser is Mother Nature herself, as Sweden's environmental efforts were cut by a quarter of a billion kroner (30 million dollars).