Less than one in ten tourists pay their parking fines

Most people who get a parking ticket while vacationing in Sweden don't pay up, newspaper Dagens Nyheter reports. According to figures from the Transport Agency, only 8 percent pay their fines. 

Last year, the city of Stockholm lost SEK 24 million to unpaid parking tickets and the city of Gothenburg lost SEK 8 million.

One of the main reasons so few pay their tickets, according to Daniel Granqvist at the Transport Agency, is that they never receive a notice to pay the fine in the mail because the Agency don't know where to send it.

"We don't have any foreign addresses in our database", says Granqvist.

A total of 82,000 foreign-registered vehicles were fined in Sweden last year.