In many countries, debit and credit cards are steadily taking the place of cash in everyday transactions. In Sweden, the process has been given new momentum by a campaign to cut crime. The campaign has some high-profile supporters, including Björn.
“There are no direct practical reasons, as far as I can see, to have coins and banknotes,” he wrote in a recent blog post.
“There are obvious advantages in getting rid of them. Sweden should be able to be the first country in the world to do this.”
He said that it was “patronising” to assume that the elderly, for example, would have problems paying for goods or services over the internet or with a card.
“There are, of course, those who need help, but if as a result they run less of a risk of being robbed, then perhaps it would be worth the inconvenience,” he wrote.
Thanks to Robert Stock for the link.