There are 37 percent more pharmacies in Sweden

Deregulation saw pharmacy boom

Since the end of the retail monopoly three years ago, the number of pharmacies in Sweden has risen by 37 percent. According to the Swedish Pharmacy Association, opening hours have also increased significantly since 2009.

On the other hand, increased competition and dropping profitability has led to a slowdown in the trend to open new stores.

The industry organization’s CEO Johan Wallér says the new pharmacies that have opened on shopping streets, and in malls and superstores, are often open from early morning to evening, seven days a week, a considerable departure from the days of the monopoly.

Before regulation there was only one store in Sweden for every ten thousand inhabitants, where you could buy medicines or even over-the-counter drugs like aspirin.

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