It's hard to blame the Swedes for paying $410 million for sex and drugs when a depressant like alcohol is so expensive there. I'm not defending the use of sex and drugs for cash, but at some time you've got to look and say that excessive government regulation of alcohol is causing this problem. As an American, it sucks to go over to Stockholm (and yes, I was there in March) and pay $7USD for a pint of beer. The prices at Systembolaget are ridiculous, something like $33 for a liter of Captain Morgan's Rum when in the states I can buy it at an "expensive liqour store" for $15. From a personal perspective, the Swedish persona is so quiet and demure, that not until a Swede gets a few $10 drinks in them they actually open up. From an American's perspective, who has been to other countries within Europe, your alcohol policies and taxes are causing the problems. If a Swede can get cheaper drugs than alcohol, then you only see the progression into sex.
I'm sorry for not having any experiences with sex (aside from hanging around some Swedes in a club drinking beer) and drugs in Sweden (I didn't want my US passport to be denied at ARN
). Basically, from an American's point of view:
1) Allow systembolaget to exist, but do not allow them to tax the way they are.
2)The prices for beer should be much more reasonable and "ohl" should be able to be sold at a reasonablee price at corner stores.....not just Systembolaget.
It was an interesting culture to be sure, but one that could be more lax on alchol.The more alcohol that is cheapily availble to the public, will cut down on drugs amd prostitution.
I still love you Stockholm, and Sweden as whole. Planning to go back next summer, but let people drink alcohol for a reasonable price, you won't be having drug and prostitution issues,