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03:54 AM on 11/10/12 
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Hello! im just wondering about a thing, in Sweden the state take about 35% of our salary. We also pay 25% on every ithem we buy in the stores except for grocerys, thats 7% tax.

So what's the rate in America? Everyone is talking about how low it is over there compared to Sweden...
08:29 AM on 11/10/12 
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Every state is different. I live in NJ, where the rate is 7%, except for items like groceries or clothing, which aren't taxed.

WOW!! How much tax do you pay of your salary?
08:42 AM on 11/10/12 
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Again, it's a little different for everyone. If I work full time, I get like $50 taken off a $300 gross a week.

Ah okey! I can't calculate what that is in % :/
08:49 AM on 11/10/12 
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Hm! Trying to understand it! Over here you pay 35% regardless of what you work with or what you earn, but when you go over a limit (which very very few people do) you have to pay 50% tax.
01:22 AM on 11/11/12 
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But I don't know enough to know if their poor have to pay that 35% rate or if there are ways for lower income folks to pay less in taxes and etc
You have to pay 35%! It doesnt matter what you earn or what you work with!
01:28 AM on 11/11/12 
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Well I look at the debt I'm for getting the education I want and the cost of me going to the doctor (and a health care system with huge problems in just about every area) and I am very jealous of their tax rate. Its because as tkamb said, they use their taxes to directly benefit the public in ways far more efficient than our system.

It's not that simple! You get the ground education for free! And it's mandetory until your 16 years old, then you can choose a more specialized "gymnasium" for three years, that's free as well! But if you want to study on University or something like that you have to take a loan!

Our healthcare system is free, but when you turn 20 you have to pay! But it's cheap, like 100$ to fix a broken arm.
But our dental healthcare system is only free up to your 20th birthday. And then it becomes super expensive!
06:06 AM on 11/11/12 
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Everything I've read said University is free for Swedish and Swiss citizens. If it does cost money I doubt its anywhere near what we pay.

Yeah it costs! But you can loan money from the goverment to get the education! Everyone here has the right to studt what ever they want! My sister is studying to be a history/religion teacher, it's a five year education (and two extra if she want to be a professor or something).
She will be spending her life paying of the loans, since there is very few dorms or whatever connected to the school so she needs money for an apartment, food, internet, TV, electricity and other stuff! There are no universities here in our hometown.
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I still can't find anything that says Swedish citizens pay for tuition. Seems like she is going in debt on living expenses? Does she work and go to school? I think you'd be surprised to compare the average US debt for college and the average Swedish debt.

Also I'm coming across these average 5 week vacations for jobs in Sweden. Does that seem right?

It's not like there is a price for an education but when your studing on University you have to pay an "studying support" fee, it's 1.200 $ a month! Doesnt matter what you are studying, you have to pay that!

Yeah, every worker here has the right to four weeks vacation if you have worked full-time for one year or more so that's about right! But not all people use all their vacation, you can get "vacation money" from the goverment instead and that is 13% of what you have earned that year! (but you have to pay 35% tax on that of course!)



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