Motboken, Sweden's defunct ration book for booze, turns 100

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Today marks the 100 year anniversary of Sweden's "motboken", a rationing book that regulated how much alcohol someone could buy each month.

The book was introduced in 1919 to tackle problems of alcohol abuse, which the government and the people of Sweden thought lead to other social problems like domestic violence.

Although the ration book disappeared in 1955 with the invention of state-run liquor monopoly, Systembolaget, Sweden is still restrictive when it comes to the sale of alcoholic beverages.

Radio Sweden spoke to Eva Lenneman, curator at the Stockholm Wine and Spirit museum to see an actual motboken and hear more about its history.