Drinking age in Sweden

So I had a bottle of San Pellegrino water

Tonight I went out to dinner at an Italian restaurant. After having studied the menu, I decided to have pasta with seafood and red wine.
However, when the waiter had taken the order, he asked to see my ID to confirm that I’m over 18 years old, the legal drinking age in Sweden. I rummaged through my purse and realized I had forgotten my ID at home. I told him my age, and all my friends started insisting and swearing that I was telling the truth, but he said that he could not serve me alcohol if I couldn’t prove my age. So in the end, I didn’t get served any wine.

Usually I carry my ID with me, since this has happened to me before. You have to be 18 to be served alcohol in restaurants and bars in Sweden, and you need to be over 20 to buy alcohol for yourself. These laws are strictly enforced, and if a place serves alcohol to anyone that turns out to be under 18, they will lose their right to serve alcohol, or get shut down completely. Of course it was annoying that I didn’t get to order what I wanted, but I understand why they have to make absolutely sure that I am of age.

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11 Responses to Drinking age in Sweden

  1. Nina says:

    The laws about drinking age here are kinda same (you can drink and buy if you’re 18) but they’re not that strictly enforced, with a little talking you can drink some wine or beer =)

    • Antonia says:

      Haha, good to know! It wasn’t such a big deal, but I was kind of wishing I were old enough to find this whole situation flattering:)

  2. Lalli says:

    I’m sorry because you missed a good italian wine, but I agree with the waiter. Rules are rules and need to be observed. You were in good faith, but somebody could use the excuse “I forgot my ID” to have alcohol before the age allowed.
    So next time, dont’ forget your ID if you want to taste a good glass of wine!
    n.b. pellegrino is the best!!

  3. Катерина says:

    У меня такая же проблема, поэтому всегда ношу с собой документы. Апофеозом стала подача заявления в загс, девушка вежливо уточнила есть ли мне 18, а когда узнала, что мне 23, очень сильно удивилась))))

    • Antonia says:

      Хаха, зато будет приятно вспомнить! И поздравляю! Уже была свадьба или будет?
      Я всегда ношу карточку, но тут взяла с собой другую сумку на пляж и забыла переложить)

  4. Катерина says:

    Спасибо! будет в июле) я кстати после это поста вспомнила, что забыла паспорт переложить из одной сумки в другую, так что ты меня сегодня спасла от напрасного похода в банк)))

    • Antonia says:

      Вот видишь, как полезно сидеть в интернете!:)

      Июль, какой хороший месяц для праздника! Значит вы сейчас в приятном стрессе подготовки к свадьбе. Платье, гости, угощения!..

      • Катерина says:

        нуууу, жених у меня в Корее в командировке уже 2 месяца, так что в стрессе я только из-за его отсутствия, мы еще не решили чего мы хотим, но один из вариантов пожениться на Кубе)) тогда все приготовления лягут на плечи организатора церемоний в отеле)

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  6. mn says:

    You have to be 21 to buy/drink liqour where I live. Of note, the liquor store is closed on Sundays. As well, you need to be 25 to rent a car.

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