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In Cashless Sweden, Even Panhandlers Accept Credit Cards

In Stockholm and around the country cash has disappeared from businesses and banks. Everyone, except the elderly or those without digital access, pays with credit cards or mobile apps.

ABBA member Bjorn Ulvaeus spending his money money money
ABBA member Bjorn Ulvaeus spending his money money money
Frédéric Faux

STOCKHOLM — When Victor goes out to lunch with friends in Stockholm, he no longer needs to worry about carrying enough cash. "If someone else pays the bill, I pay him back with the Swish app on my phone."

Same kind of calculation goes for Victor, a 23-year-old wine salesman. "I use my card for everything, regardless of the amount. This is my sixth year without any cash in my pocket," he says.

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