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Incredible food prices prompt Swedes to look over the border

In Sweden, some vegetables have nearly doubled in price, while butter and sugar have both increased by 50 percent. Overall, in recent months, prices in Sweden have been going sky-high, at a faster rate than any of their neighbors. That is why flocks of Swedes have been sighted crossing the border into Norway to fill their shopping bags. Traditionally Norwegians would go shopping in Sweden, driven by their famously favourable exchange rate. However, food prices in Swedish supermarkets have risen by an average of 20 percent over the past year, urging shoppers to look for cheaper supplies elsewhere.

The main products Swedes buy are fruit and vegetables, but meat, bread, fish, cheese and butter are also cheaper in Norway. Cauliflowers, for example, are 80 percent more expensive than they were a year ago. Butter and sugar are almost 50 percent more costly.


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