Buying alcohol in Sweden: What you need to know

Buying alcohol in Sweden: What you need to know

Buying booze in Sweden isn't as simple as in most other European countries: there are strict rules, a monopoly on sales and social rules that are hard for foreigners to get used to. Here's what you need to know.

Why doesn’t Sweden have any decent village pubs?
FOR MEMBERS

Why doesn’t Sweden have any decent village pubs?

EXPLAINED: What to expect when Sweden’s alcohol ban comes into force tonight

EXPLAINED: What to expect when Sweden’s alcohol ban comes into force tonight

POLL: Should Sweden allow bars and restaurants to serve takeaway alcohol?

POLL: Should Sweden allow bars and restaurants to serve takeaway alcohol?

Why Sweden’s alcohol monopoly is suing a Danish wine app

Why Sweden’s alcohol monopoly is suing a Danish wine app

Why alcohol-free beer is having a moment in Sweden

Why alcohol-free beer is having a moment in Sweden

Sweden’s first automatic alcohol checks introduced in Gothenburg

Sweden’s first automatic alcohol checks introduced in Gothenburg

Booze to your doorstep? Sweden opens up alcohol home delivery to everyone

Booze to your doorstep? Sweden opens up alcohol home delivery to everyone

Why Swedes love and hate state-owned alcohol monopoly ‘Systemet’
FOR MEMBERS

Why Swedes love and hate state-owned alcohol monopoly ‘Systemet’

Record number of new Swedish wines expected this year

Record number of new Swedish wines expected this year

There’s one key ingredient missing from your Absolut this year

There’s one key ingredient missing from your Absolut this year

Swedish wines achieve record year thanks to summer heat

Swedish wines achieve record year thanks to summer heat

Systembolaget sells rare whisky to lucky shoppers at bargain price

Systembolaget sells rare whisky to lucky shoppers at bargain price

The bar with the world’s biggest whisky collection is on a Swedish island

The bar with the world’s biggest whisky collection is on a Swedish island

Sweden wants to bring home alcohol delivery to the whole country

Sweden wants to bring home alcohol delivery to the whole country

Swedes opt for more expensive bottles of wine

Swedes opt for more expensive bottles of wine

SAS crew member suspected of being drunk on long-haul flight

SAS crew member suspected of being drunk on long-haul flight

OPINION: Systembolaget’s image is based on a bluff

OPINION: Systembolaget’s image is based on a bluff

Young Swedes swapping alcohol for social media and the gym: study

Young Swedes swapping alcohol for social media and the gym: study

Swedish ‘horny beer’ is a smash hit, sells out

Swedish ‘horny beer’ is a smash hit, sells out

Drinking costs more, repairs cost less: Sweden’s 2017 law changes

Drinking costs more, repairs cost less: Sweden’s 2017 law changes

One in five Swedish men are ‘risky drinkers’

One in five Swedish men are ‘risky drinkers’

Finland’s Stockholm embassy accused of peddling booze

Finland’s Stockholm embassy accused of peddling booze

Plane delayed after crew member failed alcohol test

Plane delayed after crew member failed alcohol test

Swedish House Mafia DJ sparks popsicle protest

Swedish House Mafia DJ sparks popsicle protest

Swedish border town braces itself for Norwegian invasion

Swedish border town braces itself for Norwegian invasion

Why booze could get even pricier in Sweden

Why booze could get even pricier in Sweden

Swedish booze cruisers to get back 1000 litres of alcohol

Swedish booze cruisers to get back 1000 litres of alcohol

Nanny State? Sweden ranked ‘second worst’ for boozing

Nanny State? Sweden ranked ‘second worst’ for boozing

Teen Swedes get hammered on hand gel

Teen Swedes get hammered on hand gel

Guess why this Swedish beer label got banned?

Guess why this Swedish beer label got banned?

Christmas anti-booze ad stirs tension in Sweden

Christmas anti-booze ad stirs tension in Sweden

Swedish teens drinking least booze for 40 years

Swedish teens drinking least booze for 40 years

Swede risks jail for drunk driving golf buggy

Swede risks jail for drunk driving golf buggy

Swedes in boozy ‘don’t drink and dive’ video

Swedes in boozy ‘don’t drink and dive’ video

‘Sweden is confused about tackling addiction’

‘Sweden is confused about tackling addiction’

Spike in ‘continental’ drinking in Sweden

Spike in ‘continental’ drinking in Sweden

Alcohol becoming more accepted in Sweden

Alcohol becoming more accepted in Sweden

Police turn Swede’s vodka into water

Police turn Swede’s vodka into water

‘All 3,000 beers were for me’: nabbed smuggler

‘All 3,000 beers were for me’: nabbed smuggler

Young Brits party harder than Stockholmers: study

Young Brits party harder than Stockholmers: study

Man beats drink driving rap for ‘being Asian’

Man beats drink driving rap for ‘being Asian’

Government to tighten up e-booze sales law

Government to tighten up e-booze sales law

Swedish teens’ drinking habits at forty-year low

Swedish teens’ drinking habits at forty-year low

Drunk officers held as cargo ship runs aground

Drunk officers held as cargo ship runs aground

Jägermeister wins battle with Jägaröl brand beer

Jägermeister wins battle with Jägaröl brand beer

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Storm in a wine glass

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Low spirits at Systembolaget

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Swedes drink to EU expansion

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Swedes hit the bottle

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Alconomics

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40% tax cut on booze: Government teetering

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Moderate drinker in drunken brawl

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Drinking “behind violent crime”

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Systembolaget bribery scandal: 92 accused

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Prison for bringing too much booze back to Sweden

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Vin & Sprit staff investigated in bribery scandal

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Five drunken truckers caught leaving Trelleborg ferry

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50% of men in cycle accidents are drunk

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Swedes drink like it’s 1870

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EU internet laws threaten Systembolaget

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Systembolaget to fire “corrupt” store managers

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Vodka taster not guilty of drunk-driving

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Government pours cold water on booze tax cut

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Systembolaget supplier charged with smuggling

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Alcohol inquiry proposes 30% tax cut

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Swedes back alcohol monopoly

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Alcohol makes your brain grow

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Swedish girls drink and smoke more

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Sweden’s Centre confirms move to the right

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Alcohol “costs Sweden 50 billion extra a year”

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Swedes return to Systembolaget

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Systembolaget punishes “bribery suppliers”

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Persson – reduce tax on alcohol

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Government tax reforms to slash booze prices

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Systembolaget sanctions to punish suppliers

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More Swedes in favour of “Systemet”

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“Slash booze tax ? in Skåne”

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Police chief avoids drunk driving charges

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Ordering booze online “carries no risk”

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Systemet bribery lawyer charged with corruption

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Dismay over drunk killer sentence

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Systembolaget supplier too sick for trial

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Drunk elks attack police

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Systembolaget supplier: I know nothing

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‘Systemet’ under fire for lavish party

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Swedish alcohol monopoly targets EU with ad campaign

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Editorial: One last swig?

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Systemet suppliers blame bribes on ex-boss

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Guilty verdicts in ‘Systemet’ bribery case

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Swedes drank less in 2005

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No drop in alcohol tax – Nuder

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Bureaucrats ban brewers’ binge

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Swedish soldiers “train with hangovers”

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Top Liberal admits drunk driving

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Systembolaget managers fined

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Green politician wins drunk case

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Swedes stay off the booze medicine

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Drunk women refused more often

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Girls steered car while drunk woman slept

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Online booze ban breaks EU law

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Record booze seizures by Swedish Customs

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State booze company drinks in profits

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Support for booze tax cut slumps

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Sweden welcomes EU alcohol crackdown

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Young northern men buy most Net booze

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Absolut Vodka employees face bribe charges

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Bodström turns on road killers

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Customs ‘lets the rich import more booze’

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More road deaths linked to alcohol

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Swedish beer: things can only get better

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Alcohol locks fooled by slimmers

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Systembolaget managers admit to corruption

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Strindberg schnapps hard to swallow for author’s family

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Booze tax ‘won’t be cut’

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Swedish line wins in EU alcohol case

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Record number of bars hold spirits licences

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Teacher plies kids with booze, loses job

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Bubbly ban for tennis toffs

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Champagne-swilling Swedes party like it’s 2006

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Swedes bigger boozers than immigrants

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Booze tax could fall to stem illegal imports

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Reinfeldt says no to alcohol tax cuts

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Swedes smoke less and drink more

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Irish, Brits and Swedes ‘all big binge drinkers’

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Cuba blocks Swedish alcohol demands

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Thriving market for smuggled booze

Sweden’s ice bar invites Shanghai to chill

Sweden’s ice bar invites Shanghai to chill

Only five people have paid booze taxes

Only five people have paid booze taxes

Tax board tracks down online booze shoppers

Tax board tracks down online booze shoppers

Online booze shops refuse to cooperate with tax board

Online booze shops refuse to cooperate with tax board

Sweden to introduce booze warning labels

Sweden to introduce booze warning labels

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June surge for Swedish booze sales

Sweden’s wine tax ‘breaks EU law’

Sweden’s wine tax ‘breaks EU law’

No money back for confiscated booze

No money back for confiscated booze

Sweden’s alcohol laws set for changes

Sweden’s alcohol laws set for changes

Firefighter faces drunk driving charge

Firefighter faces drunk driving charge

Euro-court throws out Swedish booze ban

Euro-court throws out Swedish booze ban

Alcohol-related illnesses shoot up among young women

Alcohol-related illnesses shoot up among young women

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New agency to combat drug and booze abuse

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Swedes smoke and drink less

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Sales of spirits high

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Auction to begin on home of Absolut vodka

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‘Silly’ EU vodka rule slammed by Sweden

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Internet booze ban could be axed

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Swedish politicians propose alcohol-free Riksdag

State booze stores enjoy record Christmas

State booze stores enjoy record Christmas

‘Stop pushing alcohol on developing world’

‘Stop pushing alcohol on developing world’

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Drunk crew members stall take-off

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Teacher accused of making beer run for 15-year olds

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Parents’ crime costs man prison warden job

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Man gulps his way out of drunk driving citation

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Father sentenced for drunken driving lesson

SVT workers charged with smuggling alcohol

SVT workers charged with smuggling alcohol

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Civil servant showed up drunk to deportations

Dozens wrongly accused of drunk driving

Dozens wrongly accused of drunk driving

Pernod wins auction for Vin & Sprit

Pernod wins auction for Vin & Sprit

Sweden reacts to sale of Vin & Sprit

Sweden reacts to sale of Vin & Sprit

Swedish and English cider: How do you like them apples?

Swedish and English cider: How do you like them apples?

Victory for Sweden in EU beer row

Victory for Sweden in EU beer row

Walpurgis Night revelries run the usual gamut

Walpurgis Night revelries run the usual gamut

Man sets new Swedish drunk driving record

Man sets new Swedish drunk driving record

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WHO adopts Swedish alcohol resolution

Swedish alcohol monopoly down the hatch

Swedish alcohol monopoly down the hatch

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Grocer Lidl in six pack setback

Swedish teens shun condoms and cigarettes

Swedish teens shun condoms and cigarettes

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EU delays sale of Absolut

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Drunk in charge of a lawnmower

Six convicted over boozy bribes

Six convicted over boozy bribes

Older Swedes are drinking more

Older Swedes are drinking more

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Swedish singer loses fight for his right to party

Is Sweden obsessed with booze?

Is Sweden obsessed with booze?

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Truck driver smuggles 4,500 litres of alcohol into Sweden

Norwegians flock to Sweden’s liquor stores

Norwegians flock to Sweden’s liquor stores

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Dramatic increase in women alcoholics

Swedes and wine – an awkward romance

Swedes and wine – an awkward romance

Mass murderer denied request for reduced sentence

Mass murderer denied request for reduced sentence

Anitra Steen to leave Systembolaget

Anitra Steen to leave Systembolaget

Insider uncorks secret liquor store code

Insider uncorks secret liquor store code

Sweden contemplates alcohol locks for drunk drivers

Sweden contemplates alcohol locks for drunk drivers

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Smuggling charges dropped when couple revealed party plans

Swedes smuggling less booze into the country

Swedes smuggling less booze into the country

Winter survival kit – Plan B: Bring a bottle

Winter survival kit – Plan B: Bring a bottle

New study: ‘Alcohol and team sports go hand in hand’

New study: ‘Alcohol and team sports go hand in hand’

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‘One-eye’ defence fails for drunken driver

What do you think about Sweden’s alcohol policy?

What do you think about Sweden’s alcohol policy?

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Five convicted over SVT office party booze

The Lowdown: Quality Swedish beer

The Lowdown: Quality Swedish beer

Police: Swedish teens offering sex for booze

Police: Swedish teens offering sex for booze

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Christmas booze gets stuck in the post

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Swedish scientists struggle to explain post-beer munchies

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Police hire container to detain drunk skiers

‘Christmas in Sweden is like Groundhog Day’

‘Christmas in Sweden is like Groundhog Day’

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‘Our three million members do not want us to sell wine’

Alcohol fuels snowmobile death toll

Alcohol fuels snowmobile death toll

Fewer expectant mothers report drinking while pregnant

Fewer expectant mothers report drinking while pregnant

State pays for drunk driver’s wine

State pays for drunk driver’s wine

Arla exec to take over as head of Systembolaget

Arla exec to take over as head of Systembolaget

McDonald’s wins right to serve beer at Stockholm airport

McDonald’s wins right to serve beer at Stockholm airport

Alcohol locks for drunk driving offenders by 2010: minister

Alcohol locks for drunk driving offenders by 2010: minister

Police in moonshine raid on Uppsala farm

Police in moonshine raid on Uppsala farm

Sweden’s teenagers cut back on booze

Sweden’s teenagers cut back on booze

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Norwegian in a coma after drinking wine bought in Sweden

Can I import alcohol over the internet?

Can I import alcohol over the internet?

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Drunken Swedish soldiers in armed Kosovo kerfuffle

Alcohol abuse on the rise for Swedish women

Alcohol abuse on the rise for Swedish women

More booze thieves targeting Systembolaget

More booze thieves targeting Systembolaget

‘Drinking while pregnant harms the child’: study

‘Drinking while pregnant harms the child’: study

Sales up at Swedish state liquor stores

Sales up at Swedish state liquor stores

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Swedish doctor found drunk on the job

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Young men at greater risk for alcohol dependence

Swedes drinking more smuggled liquor

Swedes drinking more smuggled liquor

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Drunk driving suspect: I got plastered after stopping the car

Older Europeans drinking more: Swedish study

Older Europeans drinking more: Swedish study

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Growth hormones ‘could repair brain damage’: Swedish study

Hand gel faulted for fouling up Swedish bus service

Hand gel faulted for fouling up Swedish bus service

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Nurses’s moist wipe helps drunken driver escape conviction

Sweden heads toward new wine sales record

Sweden heads toward new wine sales record

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Rowdy prison service Christmas party prompts police response

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Drunk driver’s wet-wipe defence thrown out on appeal

Drunken Swedish artist forgets painting four women

Drunken Swedish artist forgets painting four women

Temperance society slams proposal for new alcohol laws

Temperance society slams proposal for new alcohol laws

Smuggling charges dropped after birthday boy revealed drinks list

Smuggling charges dropped after birthday boy revealed drinks list

Hard rocking beer man: ‘I brew in A Major’

Hard rocking beer man: ‘I brew in A Major’

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Guru’s guide: The best beers in Sweden right now

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Moonshine makers jailed in southern Sweden

Police busy on alcohol-soaked Walpurgis Night

Police busy on alcohol-soaked Walpurgis Night

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Drunken Swedes kicked out of Denmark

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Court raises glass to late night outdoor drinking

Patient at detox gets drunk on Christmas gift

Patient at detox gets drunk on Christmas gift

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Mum of 11 seeks alcohol smuggling jail pardon

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Baking prisoner banned over booze fears

Drug abuse on the rise in Sweden

Drug abuse on the rise in Sweden

Monopoly holds back binge drinking – study

Monopoly holds back binge drinking – study

Stockholm acts to block drunken bus drivers

Stockholm acts to block drunken bus drivers

Passed out Swede in pub ‘prison’ nightmare

Passed out Swede in pub ‘prison’ nightmare

Efforts to curb youth drinking ‘ineffective’

Efforts to curb youth drinking ‘ineffective’

Sweden counts the cost of substance abuse

Sweden counts the cost of substance abuse

‘Alcolocks’ for all new cars: Social Democrats

‘Alcolocks’ for all new cars: Social Democrats

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Polish booze smugglers caught at Swedish border

Swedish government split on rural booze sales

Swedish government split on rural booze sales

Glögg shortage threatens Swedish Christmas

Glögg shortage threatens Swedish Christmas

‘Alcolocks’ can’t be trusted: sobriety group

‘Alcolocks’ can’t be trusted: sobriety group

Swedish whisky maker eyes stock market listing

Swedish whisky maker eyes stock market listing

Beer in Sweden: it’s not as bad as you think

Beer in Sweden: it’s not as bad as you think

Swedes drink less alcohol: study

Swedes drink less alcohol: study

Man stabbed while testing knife-proof vest

Man stabbed while testing knife-proof vest

Swedes toast to cheap alcohol from abroad

Swedes toast to cheap alcohol from abroad

Alcoholic doc allowed to keep practicing

Alcoholic doc allowed to keep practicing

Treatment, not jail, for drunken Swedes: report

Treatment, not jail, for drunken Swedes: report

Facebook confession traps Swedish rapist

Facebook confession traps Swedish rapist

Beer in Sweden: Looking beyond the lager

Beer in Sweden: Looking beyond the lager

New rules prompt surge in liquor licence applications

New rules prompt surge in liquor licence applications

Beer in Sweden: a look at new springtime brews

Beer in Sweden: a look at new springtime brews

State liquor stores moot higher tax on wine

State liquor stores moot higher tax on wine

Teetotaling Swedes toast national sobriety day

Teetotaling Swedes toast national sobriety day

Swedish teens drink less alcohol

Swedish teens drink less alcohol

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Man charged for shooting fellow hunter

Swedish alcohol monopoly launches ‘booze camera’ iPhone app

Swedish alcohol monopoly launches ‘booze camera’ iPhone app

Drunk shrimp boat skipper parks on island

Drunk shrimp boat skipper parks on island

Beer in Sweden: bevy of brews greets the autumn

Beer in Sweden: bevy of brews greets the autumn

Systembolaget mulls home delivery

Systembolaget mulls home delivery

Systembolaget goes local

Systembolaget goes local

From Sweden to Germany in search of cheap booze

From Sweden to Germany in search of cheap booze

Queen under fire for giving kids wine

Queen under fire for giving kids wine

Sneaking a peak at Sweden’s burgeoning wine industry

Sneaking a peak at Sweden’s burgeoning wine industry

Teen alcohol programme has ‘no effect’: study

Teen alcohol programme has ‘no effect’: study

Woman fined for drunken golf cart joyride

Woman fined for drunken golf cart joyride

Alcohol damages women’s brains faster than men’s: Swedish study

Alcohol damages women’s brains faster than men’s: Swedish study

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Man on sick pay ran ‘rolling’ alcohol shop

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Pastor fired after drunken antics on Sicily

‘Systembolaget behind wine club police report’

‘Systembolaget behind wine club police report’

Sweden’s best Christmas beers: a selection

Sweden’s best Christmas beers: a selection

Cheap Swedish beer gives Norway a headache

Cheap Swedish beer gives Norway a headache

86 charged after massive booze smuggling probe

86 charged after massive booze smuggling probe

‘Drunkorexia’ on the rise in Sweden: report

‘Drunkorexia’ on the rise in Sweden: report

‘Vodka-mobile’ selling booze to Swedish kids

‘Vodka-mobile’ selling booze to Swedish kids

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Family finds drunken man in 3-year-old’s bed

‘Wedding’ reported for lack of bride and groom

‘Wedding’ reported for lack of bride and groom

Whiplash-injured Swede loads crates of drink

Whiplash-injured Swede loads crates of drink

Swedish alcohol intake hikes after EU entry

Swedish alcohol intake hikes after EU entry

Man beats smuggling rap because he ‘drinks a lot’

Man beats smuggling rap because he ‘drinks a lot’

Bat-wielding woman hid bootleg liquor store

Bat-wielding woman hid bootleg liquor store

Pot farming ‘booming’ as moonshining declines

Pot farming ‘booming’ as moonshining declines

Teen drinking doesn’t lead to alcoholism: study

Teen drinking doesn’t lead to alcoholism: study

Alcohol reduces risk of arthritis in women: study

Alcohol reduces risk of arthritis in women: study

Swedish partygoer gets chased by bear

Swedish partygoer gets chased by bear

Police told not to ‘waste’ bootleg booze

Police told not to ‘waste’ bootleg booze

Swede charged after drunken golf cart drive

Swede charged after drunken golf cart drive

Bar staff more likely to become alcoholics: study

Bar staff more likely to become alcoholics: study

Booze home delivery kicks off near Stockholm

Booze home delivery kicks off near Stockholm

‘Northern Swedes need to know you before they’ll drink with you’

‘Northern Swedes need to know you before they’ll drink with you’

Sweden’s alcohol-free drink label ‘misleading’

Sweden’s alcohol-free drink label ‘misleading’

Systembolaget to bring booze to Swedes’ offices

Systembolaget to bring booze to Swedes’ offices

Pilot sticker lands French wine with Swedish ban

Pilot sticker lands French wine with Swedish ban

Swede nabs world’s dearest rum ‘for Obama’

Swede nabs world’s dearest rum ‘for Obama’

Alcohol seizures down despite tough new law

Alcohol seizures down despite tough new law

Danish beer bottles ‘too sexy’ for Sweden

Danish beer bottles ‘too sexy’ for Sweden

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Dad slams booze delivery to 10-year-old son

Swedish governor shows cheap wine fit for a king

Swedish governor shows cheap wine fit for a king

Wine pulled because it was ‘too good’: supplier

Wine pulled because it was ‘too good’: supplier

Swedish addicts could get glass ‘free zone’

Swedish addicts could get glass ‘free zone’

Drunk men more likely to drown: study

Drunk men more likely to drown: study

There’s no such thing as a hangover ‘cure’: expert

There’s no such thing as a hangover ‘cure’: expert

Law professor calls for ban on parents drinking

Law professor calls for ban on parents drinking

‘Government must act on alcohol tax’: minister

‘Government must act on alcohol tax’: minister

Teen boozing habits linked to dementia

Teen boozing habits linked to dementia

Eight zaniest Swedish drinking song lyrics

Eight zaniest Swedish drinking song lyrics

Thieves pinch contents of 144 crayfish cages

Thieves pinch contents of 144 crayfish cages

Swedish word of the day: bakfylla

Swedish word of the day: bakfylla