Legal Drinking Age - Sweden

Last Updated: 7th Jun 2012

<p>More <a href="/contikipedia/articles/tour-and-travel-advice-europe">Tour and Travel Advice</a> for Europe</p> <p>In <a href="/contikipedia/articles/sweden">Sweden</a>, the sale of Alcohol above 3.5% (7 proof) is restricted to people 20 years and over. Restaurants may serve low alcohol beverages to people aged 18 years of age, however most bars and clubs choose to enforce a 20 year old limit rather than 18 years.</p> <p>Unusually, the Swedish government owns and controls all liquor stores in the country and they are known as &#8216;Systemet&#8217; (Systembolaget). You must be 20 years or older to purchase alcohol from a Systemet. The governments of <a href="/contikipedia/articles/norway">Norway</a> and <a href="/contikipedia/articles/finland">Finland</a> also own the liquor outlets in their respective countries but 18 is the legal limit in these countries.</p>