Thriving market for smuggled booze

Four percent of Swedes over the age of fifteen have admitted to buying smuggled alcohol at some point in the last month. People in the central Swedish city of Örebro were the biggest buyers of illicit booze, with 7.4 coughing up cash for contraband.

A new report from Stockholm University’s Sorad research centre found that a total of 297,000 people had bought illegally imported alcohol in the last month.

The research findings were based on interviews with 18,000 people over the age of fifteen.

While Örebro topped the list, people in northern counties were considerably less likely to pay for smuggled alcohol. Just 0.7 percent of respondents in Västerbotten said that they had bought alcohol through unlawful channels.