How much alcohol you can bring into Sweden is something many people wonder about when it’s time to travel abroad. If you visit a country within the EU, you won’t have to pay duty or tax on the alcohol you bring back. In addition, you can buy large quantities if you’re going to serve alcohol at a wedding or party. But when it comes to countries outside the EU, it’s not always easy to know when you should and shouldn’t declare the alcohol you’ve bought during your trip. That’s why we’ve come up with a practical list that’s perfect to have with you when you’re on holiday abroad.
How much alcohol can you bring into Sweden?
Regardless of which country you buy the alcohol from, you must be 20 years old, transport or carry the alcohol yourself and be able to assure that the alcohol is for your or your family’s private use in order to bring the alcohol into Sweden. If you buy alcohol in a country outside the EU, you won’t have to pay any fees if you take in at the most:
- 1 liter of spirits or 2 liters of fortified wine (this includes sparkling wine)
- 4 liters of wine and
- 16 liters of strong beer
For all quantities in addition to this, you have to declare the alcohol to the Swedish Customs and pay both customs duty and tax. Depending on what kind of alcohol you want to bring in, the cost is different. Below you can see what the duty and tax charges are for different alcoholic beverages.
- For spirits, you have to pay SEK 4/litre in customs duty and SEK 265/litre in tax.
- For strong wine, you have to pay SEK 2/litre in customs duty and SEK 85/litre in tax.
- For wine, you have to pay SEK 1/litre in customs duty and SEK 38/litre in tax.
- For strong beer, you must pay SEK 3/litre in customs duty and SEK 21/litre in tax.