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.