Here are the most popular drinks of the Swedish people. Lager beer is the most widely drunk beer. The good news is that the rumours of really expensive booze in Sweden are not necessarily true. This was also the year it became illegal to sell to people under the age of 18. Minimum purchase age at Systembolaget is 20 years, but 18 at restaurants and bars with proper permission. Such a can usually costs about 10 SEK (1.05 EUR) at Systembolaget. Sweden duty free Overview. The warehouse where the wine is stored and from where deliveries are made must also be located outside of Sweden. During the First World War, alcohol was strictly rationed. Compared with light drinkers (0.1–1.5 g/day), a null association was observed for all categories of alcohol consumption with the exception of never drinkers. To make the drink, cow milk is fermented using a couple of bacteria, which gives it flavor, thickness, and taste. Other companies (producers and importers) can sell directly to restaurant and bars (EU enforced rule). Systembolaget also sells non-alcoholic beverages, although this product segment represents less than half a percent of the company's total sales of beverages. Our cafe is closed during 2nd lockdown (5 Nov - 2nd Dec) but shop OPEN for groceries (and we have take-away light lunch, coffee & cake, too). For 12% wine, the tax is 26.18 SEK per liter. Gender, income, wealth and social status decided how much alcohol you were allowed to buy. Below you can read about the role of alcohol in Sweden, how much it costs, where to buy it, alcohol law and typical drinking behavior in Sweden. Other groups have aired grievances over the advertisement's use of red white and blue ornaments in the advertisement referring to the American flag which is highly regarded as against the code of conduct. In 2003, an almost free quota (for personal use) was allowed when traveling into Sweden from another EU country, resulting in lower sales for Systembolaget, especially in Scania, which borders Denmark by sea. In the official statistics, the total Swedish alcohol consumption, compared to other European countries, has been low for many years. Like in many other European countries, beer songs are often sung at parties in Sweden. The difference bet… Women rarely drank alcohol, since it was considered inappropriate. This led to virtually every household making and selling alcohol. Sweden has a government alcohol monopoly called Systembolaget for sale of all alcoholic drinks stronger than 3.5% by volume. Together the ten largest achieve market a share of 64%. This led to increased consumption, so the government increased taxes heavily and made it compulsory that everyone had to show ID to get served. Alcohol use is continually declining in Sweden over the past 15 years. Many, many years ago, workers in mine- and forrest workers were partly paid in brännvin, spirits. In 1860, a bar was opened in Gothenburg where the state had handpicked the employees and decided how the bar should be run; antisocial and or intoxicated people were to be excluded. It is the only retail store allowed to sell alcoholic beverages that contain more than 3.5% alcohol by volume. In 1830, the first moderate drinking society was started in Stockholm. It is the only retail store allowed to sell alcoholic beverages that contain more than 3.5% alcohol by volume. For example, the report highlights the fact that state monopolies in the manufacture, import and export of alcohol have all been broken down and that Sweden´s Systembolaget (state-run alcohol shops) now boast a greater selection of products than in the past. A referendum on prohibition in 1922 advised government not to issue total prohibition. There are several laws and rules governing how Systembolaget stores operate, such as: Systembolaget has a strict monopoly status on alcohol sales to consumers in Sweden, except for restaurant and bars, where alcohol can be sold for immediate consumption (bottles must be opened and can't be brought home). Similar state-regulated bars and stores began to open in other towns across the country, and they were hugely successful. ], the first fully-fledged temperance organization which heralded the beginning of Sweden's temperance movement was formed. The minimum age to purchase beverages above 3.5% alcohol is 20 years of age. This has become more rare over time, because of a more liberal political attitude and because of the belief that other shops lose customers when people drive to other municipalities for shopping. For distilled products the tax is 5.1659 SEK per % and liter (516.59 SEK per liter alcohol, or 258 SEK for 1 liter of 50%). The prime form is vodka. An estimated 175,000 home distilleries had developed by this time, using tremendous amounts of grain and potatoes that otherwise would have been consumed as food to manufacture alcohol. Many of their ads are focused at stopping teenagers from obtaining alcohol, and to press on people under 25 showing identification. The first thing you need to know is that Sweden ‘enjoys’ a state-run liquor monopoly, called Systembolaget; which means that if you want to buy wine, spirits, or anything other than light beer (which is just a smidgen above non-alcohol beer), you have to go to the state-run liquor stores. Well-known Swedish figures of their creation include Pettson & Findus, Mamma Mu, Linnea and Maja.