Foreign tourism boom

In June, the number of recorded nights spent by foreign tourists in Swedish tourist accommodation establishments increased by 6.2%, compared with the same month in 2014, according to statistics from the Agency for Economic and Regional Growth (Tillväxtverket). The total number of overnight stays was around 1.6 million, and was mainly at accommodation establishments in the major cities.

Visita (the organisation for the Swedish hospitality industry) forecasts that tourism figures will spike last summer’s record high figures.

The weak Swedish krona is definitely contributing to Sweden’s flourishing tourism industry, says Carl Hammer, currency expert at SEB. On the other hand, the weaker Russian rouble has meant a decline in the number of Russian tourists in Sweden during the first five months of 2015. The number of Russian tourists fell by 32% during the period, show figures from Statistics Sweden and Tillväxtverket.