Foreign tourists flock to Sweden

The number of nights spent by foreign tourists in Swedish hotels, cottages and camp sites increased by almost nine percent last year.

According to Nutek – the Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth – this year’s figure represents an increase of 95 percent since 1991.

“Tourism in Sweden is bigger than ever before, and in order to create a competitive tourist industry in the long term we need, among other things, to coordinate public funding,” said Nutek’s Sune Halvarsson in a statement.

International travel rose by 4.5 percent in 2006, while in Europe there was an increase of 4 percent. This means that Sweden as a destination has developed considerably better than the rest of the world, according to Nutek.