Yes, that's right, there simply is no money to take in Swedish banks. Ten years ago there were 110 bank robberies in Sweden. In 2016 there were two. Swedes have in large part gone digital when it comes to money. They use cards and electronic payments.
This is almost ironic considering Sweden was the first European country to print banknotes in 1661:
”In 1661, Sweden became the first European country to print banknotes; several centuries later, it might become the first country to get rid of them. Card readers and mobile-payment apps are now used even in situations that were once reserved for dog-eared bills and pocket change, like donating in church. Buses in Sweden don’t accept cash. Neither do many street vendors.”
Instead of robbing banks, thieves in Sweden find new ways to make a living:
”Imagine breaking into the back of a moving delivery truck by night and stealing tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of Apple products. Now imagine reaching for that truck from the hood of a car traveling 50 miles an hour, its lights off to avoid detection. After enduring several such attacks, the Swedish postal service, PostNord, busted the highway robbers by wiring a truck with cameras, filling it with Apple products, and waiting. On a road somewhere between Vara and Alingsås, in southwest Sweden, the robbers took the bait, and cops moved in.”
Some day we may be regretting going all cash-less. For instance when electricity goes down. Until then I will continue to enjoy a cash-less life.
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