Friday, the Swedish National Debt Office reported a SEK 2.4 billion deficit in central government payments during April. The Debt Office's forecast was a surplus of SEK 12 billion.

The difference was due to payments within the Debt Office's net lending to state agencies, which was SEK 19 billion higher than estimated. In April, tax payments were SEK 5 billion higher than forecast, while dividends on state shares were SEK 2 billion lower than estimated.

The surplus for the twelve-month period up to the end of April totaled SEK 83 billion. The central government debt was SEK 1,040 billion at the end of April.

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