Swedes don’t know what to make of this sudden male surplus.
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STOCKHOLM: Famous for its efforts to put women on an equal footing with men, Sweden is experiencing a gender balance shift that has caught the country by surprise: For the first time since record-keeping began in 1749, it now has more men than women.The tipping point in Sweden happened in March last year, when population statistics showed 277 more men than women.While that's still small in a population of almost 10 million, it's "not unreasonable" to suspect that Sweden will have a big male surplus in the future, said Tomas Johansson, a population expert at the national statistics agency, SCB.Norway swung to a male surplus in 2011, four years before Sweden, while Denmark and Switzerland are nearing a sex ratio of 100 .Sweden's biggest male surplus is in the 15-19 age group, where there are 108 boys for every 100 girls.Last year there were 12 million more women than men in the EU, which has a population of just over 500 million people.In 2003, Sweden's SCB projected that a male surplus wouldn't happen until 2050 .
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