Visitors protest as Sweden goes more & more cash-free

Published on : Monday, May 28, 2018

Visitors protest as SwedenThe chief executive of the agency, Ewa Lagerqvist, informed Sweden’s TT newswire that Germans, who regularly make use of cash at home, anticipate to be able to do so in Sweden also.

“The Germans want to avoid the charges which banks take out on card payments, but they also cite deep-rooted privacy concerns when they consider why they want to be able to use cash,” she said. “For the Brits, it’s more purely the bank charges which annoy them.”
Visitors have also complained that few payment systems only work with Swedish credit cards, without foreign consumers.

The complaint makes its way as Sweden’s Swish Payment system underwent a serious outage on Saturday, emphasizing the maximum limit of a cash-free world for those depending up on the services of summer flea markets held across the country. The difficulty, which started at around 1pm, was resolved after a few hours.

Increasing number of cafés, restaurants and bars in Sweden are more and more going cash free, expecting to save staff time, decrease the danger of them stealing from the till, and to stop violent robberies.

Mats Hedenström, head of retail politics at the Swedish Trade Federation, stated that businesses in Sweden should listen to the tourists.

“We’re talking about a big group of people with a lot of buying power,” he said. “So of course, it’s very important for us in the retail sector to get them to spend their money in Sweden.”


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