The Riksbank’s measures in connection with the corona pandemic

The Riksbank has implemented a large number of measures to alleviate the economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic and support the Swedish economy. The measures we have taken help to facilitate access to credit and liquidity. This reduces the risk of a shortage of money and sharply rising interest rates exacerbating the situation.

The icons show the scope decided for individual programmes of measures and how much of these programmes has been used so far. The figures on utilisation are updated weekly and show the total purchases and total lending since the measures were introduced. The total framework for the programmes of measures amounts to around SEK 1,600 billion (this also includes lending in US dollars translated into Swedish kronor).

Programme for corporate lending via banks

The Riksbank is offering the banks loans of up to SEK 500 billion against collateral to stimulate the banks’ onward lending to Swedish non-financial companies.

Read more about the Riksbank’s loans to the banks for onward lending to companies



Extended purchases of securities

The Riksbank intends to purchase securities in an amount of up to SEK 500 billion, up to 30 June 2021, in addition to the purchases planned prior to the pandemic. The aim is to facilitate credit supply and mitigate the downturn in the economy. This includes purchases of government bonds, covered bonds (mortgage bonds), municipal bonds and corporate securities (commercial paper and corporate bonds). 

Purchases of government bonds

Read more about the Riksbank's purchases of government bonds

Purchases of covered bonds (mortage bonds)

Read more about the Riksbank's purchases of covered bonds

Purchases of corporate securities

Read more about the Riksbank's purchases of corporate securities

Purchases of municipal bonds

Read more about the Riksbank's purchases of municipal bonds



Loans in US dollars

The Riksbank is offering the banks the possibility of loans in US dollars against collateral, up to a total of USD 60 billion. The purpose is to increase access to liquidity in US dollars in the Swedish financial system.

Read more about the Riksbank's measure to offer loans in US dollars



The riksbank is lending unlimited amounts of sek against collateral

The Riksbank is offering banks the opportunity to borrow an unlimited amount of money on a weekly basis against collateral at three and six months’ maturity respectively to the repo rate. This is to facilitate their financing and safeguard their role as credit suppliers to Swedish companies. 

Read more about the weekly market operations at longer maturities in kronor


More banks and credit institutions have the possibility to borrow money from the Riksbank

The Riksbank grants Swedish credit institutions under the supervision of Finansinspektionen the opportunity to become temporary monetary policy counterparties to the Riksbank. Also temporary monetary policy counterparties will be given the opportunity to participate in the programme for lending to non-financial companies via banks. 

Read more about temporary monetary policy counterparties


Eased collateral requirements when borrowing from the Riksbank

The Riksbank has eased the requirements regarding the collateral the banks can use when borrowing from the Riksbank. The reason is that the banks’ access to liquidity in Swedish krona may need strengthening in connection with the coronavirus pandemic. 

Read more on the page Collateral



Reduced the overnight lending rate to banks

The Riksbank has reduced the overnight lending rate loans to banks from +0.75 percentage points (prior to the pandemic) to the repo rate +0.10 percentage points to ensure that the overnight rate on the market for Swedish krona is close to the repo rate. This measure has been taken also to make it less expensive for the banks to have access to overnight loans.

Read more on the page Monetary policy instruments


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Updated 01/07/2020