The Riksbank's work to prevent financial crises

Under normal conditions, the Riksbank works to prevent financial crises from arising. We do this by regularly analysing risks and threats to the Swedish financial system. Our intention is to detect changes and vulnerabilities that could lead to a serious financial crisis.

Any crisis in the financial system is serious and may lead to economic decline, bankruptcies and unemployment. The socio-economic costs of this may be high. It is therefore important that we work to prevent financial crises.


The Riksbank prevents financial crises by:


  • regularly gathering information on the financial system
  • regularly analysing the stability of the financial system
  • communicating the risks and, when necessary providing recommendations on the measures that should be implemented to manage these risks
  • cooperating with other authorities in Sweden and internationally
  • influencing the form of financial regulatory frameworks so that they contribute to stability and efficiency
  • overseeing and evaluating the financial infrastructure.

Regular analyses of stability

The Riksbank regularly analyses the stability of the financial system so that changes and vulnerabilities that could lead to a financial crisis can be detected at an early stage.


The assessment of financial stability is published twice yearly in the Financial Stability Report. In these reports, the Riksbank publishes specific measures to counteract risks. These recommendations may be aimed at banks and other market participants, as well as at legislators and other authorities.

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