Carlsberg has warned that beer taxes are threatening the existence of Sweden's breweries, according to press reports. Speaking to Dagens Nyheter, the head of Carlsberg's Swedish operations, Lars Paahlson, said over the weekend that Sweden could lose all its domestic breweries unless the Government cuts beer taxes by 50%.

Paahlson warned that continued beer imports were to blame for the closure of 20 of the country's 38 breweries since 1998.

Unless taxes are halved, Paahlson said, there will only be space for two international players and some specialised manufacturers.