Revenue of the restaurant industry in Sweden 2018, by restaurant type

Lunch and evening restaurants generated by far the highest revenue among all restaurant types in Sweden in 2018. In this year, it reached nearly 63 billion Swedish kronor and was ahead of entertainment restaurants, pubs and bars, which registered a revenue of 18 billion Swedish kronor. When looking at the regions of Sweden, the restaurant industry’s revenue was highest in the Stockholm region as it amounted to approximately 49 billion Swedish kronor. The lowest revenue was recorded in the least populated area of the country, the Northern region.

Do Swedes prefer restaurants or take away?

According to a survey conducted in November 2018 in Sweden, 60 percent of respondents preferred to have lunch at a restaurant, while almost 50 percent would rather have dinner there. For take away, it was the other way around. Most Swedes liked to have take away for dinner and not for lunch.

 Lunch at restaurants 

In the years from 2015 to 2019, the share of people going out for lunch at least once a week stayed quite stable in Sweden. As of 2019, 31 percent of Swedish respondents stated to do so.

Revenue of the restaurant industry in Sweden in 2018, by restaurant type

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October 2019



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