Swedish Prices Remain High
According to a new report from the Swedish Competition Authority, prices here are 15 percent above the average in the European Union.
In a press release, the agency’s director general attributes the situation to a lack of competition in many sectors. Among the areas where Swedes pay more than their European neighbors are housing, energy, and the construction industry.
The only EU countries with higher rents than Sweden are Denmark and Finland.
Prices have fallen here in some sectors, such as telephoning, consumer electronics, and groceries. The authority notes that Swedes have also been able to save money by ordering from abroad over the Internet.