A restaurant at Stora torget in Visby on Gotland. Photo: Henrik Wallenius/P4 Gotland

Swedish restaurant industry growing

Swedes are eating out more. There are now around 20,000 restaurants around the country, up 5000 since 2003, Swedish News Reports, and the annual turn-over topped SEK 100 billion for the first time last year.

The tax authorities say the firgure could be far higher as many companies registered as hotels, for example, also have somewhere to eat in the building.

Trade organisation Visita claims the cultural change is because Sweden has become "more continental" in its habits.

"I think there has been a successive change in the way we spend time together," CEO Eva Östling told Swedish Radio, "We travel a lot to other countries and bring that culture home with us."

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