Parishioners text tithes to their churches. Homeless street vendors carry mobile credit-card readers. Even the Abba Museum, despite being a shrine to the 1970s pop group that wrote “Money, Money, Money,” considers cash so last-century that it does not accept bills and coins.
Few places are tilting toward a cashless future as quickly as Sweden, which has become hooked on the convenience of paying by app and plastic.
The number of new migrant arrivals in Sweden has dropped by a third since it reinstated border controls earlier this month, the country’s migration agency said Saturday.
“The number of (new) asylum seekers has decreased from 1,500 a day to some 900 since border controls were reintroduced” on November 12, the Swedish Migration Agency said in a statement.
Ikea is running out of beds in Sweden and Germany because the migrant crisis has created a huge spike in demand.
The company has been supplying local authorities handling the refugee crisis as hundreds of thousands of asylum seekers have arrived in Europe this year.
Sweden, proudly dubbed the “Great Humanitarian Power” by its ex-prime minister, Fredrik Reinfeldt, is on the verge of collapse.
“The final consequence of the West and, above all, Sweden’s immigration policy is that the economy will collapse — because who is going to pay for it all? And economic breakdowns, once they happen, always happen very fast,” warns Danish historian Lars Hedegaard.
Planes filled with refugees will soon fly directly from refugee camps in the Middle East to Sweden.
While migrants and refugees are risking their lives to cross the Mediterranean in small boats, thousands of tourists use airplanes to fly safely over the sea.