It's All About Booze!
November 13, 2010 5:12 PM
Updated: November 14, 2010 5:53 PM

I know that in many countries you can buy alcohol pretty much 24/7, but not in Sweden. So I thought I'd share how important it is to plan ahead if you want to buy alcohol in Sweden.

The only chain of stores in Sweden where you can buy alcohol exceeding 3.5% in alcoholic strength is Systembolaget. Systembolaget is a state-owned company with monopoly to sell alcoholic beverages in Sweden. Systembolaget has limited open hours, closed Sundays, in some citys open on Saturdays until 1 or 3 pm and during weekdays usually open between 10 am - 6 pm. To buy alcoholic beverages exceeding 3.5% at Systembolaget you must be 20 years old. However you are allowed to buy all sorts of alcohol, and drink of course, at pubs and restaurants from the age of 18.

If you want to read more about the origin of our Systembolag and alcohol regulations, visit THIS LINK

The pics below are from Systembolaget closest to my home here in Lyckeby. I went there today to buy some beer for tonight, yum! I mean, it is Saturday after all :-)

And because alcohol is quite expensive in Sweden. Many Swedes, including me, love to take bus trips to Border shops in our lovely neighbour country Germany (where it's a lot cheaper). Below are some pics from such a trip me and my sister went on last year. The city we targeted was Puttgarden, Germany.

I'm curious, what do you think of our booze rules, hehe? And how does it work in your country? Are there any regulations regarding alcohol?

Have a lovely Saturday! Cheers! ;-)

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