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Most Swedish beers are, well not up to continental standards. Sweden isn't much of a beer or wine nation, it is part of the vodka belt.

According to Folkhälsomyndigheten, the peak consumtion was in 2004 at 10,5 litres, then a gradual declne to 8,5 litres in 2020. If we add the WHO numbers we get:
1996 6 litres
2004 10,5 litres
2016 9,2 litres
2020 8,5 litres

Between 1996 and 2004 was the year 2000, when the guarantees Sweden received on joining the EU expired and the much more limited rules on private import was voided, and the private import quota went from rather limited to functionally unlimited. If that had been clear in 1994, the sobriety movement would have been campaigning on the side of not entering the EU, and considering the slim margin - 52,8% in favor - Sweden probably wouldn't have joined.

by fjallstrom on Tue Jan 11th, 2022 at 10:06:11 PM EST
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