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Number of payment cards in Sweden 2010-2019

The total number of payment cards issued in Sweden peaked in 2014, and thereafter steadily dropped the following years. There were 18.7 million payment cards issued in Sweden in 2019. 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 July 2020, the app had around 7.6 million customers, most of them private customers. During the same month, the average number of transactions per private customer was 4.63 times.

Total number of payment cards issued in Sweden from 2010 to 2019

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Release date

September 2020



Survey time period

2010 to 2019

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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