Number of payment cards in Sweden 2010-2018

The total number of payment cards issued in Sweden peaked in 2014, and thereafter steadily dropped the following years. There were 19.4 million payment cards issued in Sweden in 2018. The value of card payments, however, did not drop during this period, but increased each year since 2015, for both debit and credit cards.

Payment method trends

   The trend of payments with cash in Sweden went in the opposite direction with the increasing trend of paying with cards. According to a survey on payment patterns in Sweden from 2010 to 2018, the share of consumers who paid their most recent purchase with cash declined annually, falling down to only 13 percent in 2018.

Mobile payment methods

   The use of mobile payment apps is increasing in the country, especially the use of the app Swish. As of February 2019, the app had around seven million customers, most of them private customers. During the same month, the average number of transactions per private customer was 3.34 times.

Total number of payment cards issued in Sweden from 2010 to 2018

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Release date

August 2019



Survey time period

2010 to 2018

Special properties

Except cards with an e-money function only

Supplementary notes

Figures were rounded.
Data prior to 2013 was collected from previous reports.

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