Legal Drinking Age - Sweden

Last Updated: 7th Jun 2012

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In Sweden, 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.

Unusually, the Swedish government owns and controls all liquor stores in the country and they are known as ‘Systemet’ (Systembolaget). You must be 20 years or older to purchase alcohol from a Systemet. The governments of Norway and Finland also own the liquor outlets in their respective countries but 18 is the legal limit in these countries.