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Sweden's costly food gets even more pricey

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Sweden's costly food gets even more pricey
A Swedish restaurant. Photo: Thomas Oneborg/TT
12:20 CEST+02:00
Sweden is a notoriously expensive place to eat out, and now the nation's restaurants are getting even pricier, new figures from Statistics Sweden suggest.

Swedish restaurants made more money in the year leading up to April 2015 compared to the previous twelve months, according to the statistics agency, which reports that turnover rose by 6.1 percent.

The actual volume of food and drink dished out by Swedish restaurants went up by 3.1 percent, with the difference between the sales volume and the turnover suggesting that some restaurateurs are putting up prices at Stockholm's already notoriously expensive eateries.

According to Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter, current average prices are significantly above the rate of inflation in Sweden.

Fast food restaurants in particular proved to be the most popular with Swedes over the past year, with an eight percent increase in the volume of sales, thanks to a growing number of burger, thai and pizza joints in the country.

Hotel restaurants also registered a high increase of 7.1 percent and cafés a rise of 6.7 percent, with the increase in sales linked to the rise in the number of guests at Swedish hotels which grew by ten percent this April compared with April 2014.

Tourism in general is increasing rapidly in Sweden with foreign tourists expected to spend a total of 115 billion kronor ($13.3 billion) this year, according to an industry forecast.

Entertainment venues, pubs and bars where drinks are mainly sold also registered a small increase of 0.3 percent.

The report follow positive figures regarding Sweden's coffee industry.

Despite what many tourists would argue are exorbitant prices for a cup of coffee (typically around 35 kronor or $4.5), cafes saw a particularly big leap in total sales volume between January and November last year, recording an eight percent jump nationwide during the period. The figures have been adjusted for price developments.

Coffee culture in Sweden (better known as "fika" to the Swedes) is as strong as ever. US coffee chain Starbucks has started to branch out in Stockholm, with stores in the central station and Södermalm joining the game over the past eighteen months.

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