Swedish border municipalities lost billions last year due to the pandemic

Cross border shoppingPhoto: Geir Olsen / NTB

Grocery trade in Swedish municipalities bordering Norway fell by around SEK 7 billion from 2019 to 2020.

That corresponds to a decrease of 37.8%, according to figures P4 has obtained from the Swedish Statistics Authority, Statistics Sweden.

“This is because the borders have in principle been closed,” researcher Daniel Lennartsson at Statistics Sweden noted.

The decline was greatest in Strømstad, where turnover fell by 62%.

“Årjäng also had a sharp fall, with a 50% decline from 2019 to 2020,” Lennartsson added.

According to Statistics Norway (SSB), Norwegians left NOK 16 billion in cross-border trade in Sweden in 2019. In 2020, this amount was less than NOK 2 billion.

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