The lowering of alcohol taxes in Finland last month has led to a surge of Swedes crossing the border to buy their alcohol. One ferry operator has reported a 60% increase in passengers between Sweden and Finland since taxes were reduced on 1 March.

Swedes are also heading to Denmark to make the most of lower taxes on alcohol. Since Denmark cut alcohol taxes on 1 October last year, sales at state-run Systembolaget stores in Sweden's southern regions have reportedly fallen by 16%.

According to the online news of Radio Sweden, staff at Systembolaget in Helsingborg, a short ferry trip from Denmark, have been asked to start working part-time.