Low currency gets Danes to cross Kattegat
Stena Line are clearly feeling the impact of the current low currency rate in Sweden, which has made it a popular destination for Danish people to go shopping. Since the New Year, the shipping company has seen the number of passengers rise by 10 percent.
Stena Line normally transports approximately 300.000 Danes to Sweden via the ferry route Frederikshavn-Göteborg and Grenaa-Varberg. This year, the number is currently looking significantly higher than average.
"The rate of the Swedish crown has been low for a long period, and the Danes are indeed taking advantage of this by shopping cheaply in Sweden. We have felt the effect of this throughout the entire year. The majority of the Danish travelers go on a day trip to Gothenburg to experience the city while shopping and buying groceries, "says Jesper Waltersson, Press Officer in Stena Line.
The travel pattern in connection to Easter period was a clear indication of this, especially Maundy Thursday where traffic numbers were unusually high.
The Swedes desire to go to Denmark have not been negatively affected by the currency rate, but according to Stena Line, it is most likely because they make the most purchases onboard the ships, where they can purchase items using Swedish crowns.
Source: Stena Line / Maritime Danmark