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Sweden's central bank chief says 2 to 3 more rate cuts this year is a 'forecast not a promise'

Sweden's Riksbank on Thursday said it may cut interest rates up to three more times this year — as the central bank's governor, Erik Thedéen, warned it must proceed with caution.

"Two or three cuts is a forecast, it's not a promise, and we will adapt monetary policy according to incoming information," Thedéen told CNBC's Arabile Gumede.

The Riksbank announced Thursday it held its policy rate at 3.75% at its June meeting, after cutting by 25 basis points in May as it became one of the first major economies to embark on the latest path of monetary easing.

It had forecast just two reductions during the second half of the year at its May meeting.

"Our inflation forecast is pointing to a good inflation outlook, we're still already now very close to our target and our forecast has pointed to 2% inflation in the coming months and years," Thedéen said.

"Of course, there is uncertainty around that, we got a little bit of a backlash in May, so we want to have a little bit more time until we decide to cut."

Positive signs include cooling inflation expectations, weaker corporate pricing and a "more well-behaved wage setting" than is currently being experienced in the euro area or Norway, he said.

Primary risks include strong demand fueling an uptick in domestic price pressures, movements in the Swedish krona, a global supply shock or rebound in energy rates, he continued.

In order to deliver more rate cuts, "we don't need to have a super positive surprise, we need to have data coming in in-line overall. Of course, not all the data will be exactly as our forecast. So I think that would be the main message," Thedéen told CNBC.

Headline inflation in Sweden was 3.7% in May, slightly higher than the 3.5% forecast in a Reuters poll of economists.