The Swedish government is now debating whether to allow the state controlled sole supplier of alcohol to deliver alcohol to people’s doors. Sweden has some of the strictest controls on alcohol sales in Europe and sells over 99% of alcohol in Sweden as well as having one of the highest alcohol tax systems in the world. The stores are only open between 9am to 6pm on weekdays and 10am until 3pm on a Saturday and the Saturday opening has only been in place since 2001. If you are going to have boozy weekend you really need to plan for it.
Whisky is mainly sold through Systembolaget and the range is restricted due to the space in the individual shops. The growth of online whisky sales and wine clubs which delivers its products direct to consumers has forced the Swedish Government to look again at modernising the Systembolaget. Mats Gerdau of the Center party stated “if Sweden wants to continue with the legitimate monopoly (of alcohol sales) then it must move with the times”. Since 2008 Swedes have been allowed to import alcohol from the EU and by the end of 2012 the tax office expects there to be 70 websites which have applied to sell alcohol within Sweden. The Scottish Whisky Store will be one of them.