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economy

Fewer tourists from euro countries

Published tisdag 7 augusti 2012 kl 09.18
Some things have become more expensive, says Dutch tourist Antoon Van Velzen. Here together with his wife on Drottninggatan in Stockholm. Photo: Tobias Sandblad/Swedish Radio

The euro crisis and strong krona has made it harder for tourists from euro countries to vacation in Sweden this summer, reports Swedish Radio News.

Spanish tourists Angel Moreno and Diana Fernandez are having a tough time making their kroner last.

"It's more expensive than we thought," said Mr. Moreno, standing outside the Vasa Museum in Stockholm.

Diana Fernandez chimed in. "We don't go out and eat. We make our own sandwiches. If things were less expensive it would have been nice to visit more museums."

The weak euro has definitely made it harder for tourists this year. The exchange rate means that a traveller on a budget of about US$ 1,800 last year will have to count on adding an additional US$ 150 to this year's budget for the same trip.

According to Statistics Sweden, the number of guest nights spent in Swedish hotels is clearly down for from several euro countries with shaky economies. The number of nights Spanish tourists have spent in Stockholm is down 13 percent. For Italy the number is down 17 percent.

But when Swedish Radio News averaged the nights spent from all euro countries the dip was less dramatic, 2 percent compared to last year.

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