What is the policy rate?
The Riksbank’s policy rate is our main monetary policy tool. By raising or cutting the policy rate, the Riksbank can affect other interest rates in Sweden, which affects demand in the Swedish economy and thereby inflation.
The repo rate has been renamed the policy rate
8 June 2022. The Riksbank’s repo rate has been renamed the Riksbank’s policy rate, which is a more appropriate name. The function and purpose of the interest rate are unchanged.
The current policy rate
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The policy rate affects inflation
The policy rate is the rate that governs which rates the banks can deposit in and borrow money from the Riksbank. The banks' deposit and lending rates at the Riksbank in turn affect the banks' interest rates on loans and savings accounts.
A higher policy rate leads to the banks in turn raising their interest rates. When bank interest rates rise, people and businesses do not buy as much as it becomes more expensive to borrow money. Instead, you get higher interest rates if you save the money in a bank. As people and companies buy fewer things, prices do not rise - inflation falls. Cutting the policy rate leads to banks lowering their interest rates. Lower bank interest rates mean that people and companies buy more - inflation rises.
Read more: How monetary policy affects inflation
Read more in the Monetary Policy Report
The Executive Board of the Riksbank normally makes decisions on monetary policy five times a year. The interest rate decision is announced in conjunction with the publication of the Monetary Policy Report, which describes the deliberations taken by the Riksbank in the process of deciding upon an appropriate monetary policy.
The policy rate back in time
The page “Policy rate, borrowing and lending rate” includes a history of the policy rate from 2012 and on. If you are looking for statistics for the policy rate from its introduction in 1994, go to the page “Search interest rates and exchange rates” and look under “Riksbank interest rates”.