In total, people in Sweden went on 11.2 million overseas trips last year, which is still more than one per person in the country of 10.2 million.
But it was a considerable decrease from the 11.7 million trips carried out in 2017, according to Vagabond magazine's annual Travel Barometer, which it has published annually since 2010. And it represented a break in a trend which has seen Swedes travel overseas more and more since the global financial crisis in 2008.
The figures only related to overseas trips made for leisure lasting at least one night and carried out by adults. Including children, the total number of trips taken rose to 13.8 million, and with overseas business trips counted too, the total was 16.6 million.
And 35 percent of those questioned for the survey said they were planning to further reduce overseas travel the following year, and almost the same proportion saying that the reason was concern for the climate.
At the end of 2018, the word flygskam or 'shame linked to flying' was named as one of 33 words that entered the Swedish language and defined Swedish society that year. It came after studies showed that while Swedes may be more climate-aware than many other nationalities, they fly far more often and further than average; meanwhile, Swedish teen climate activist Greta Thunberg was a leader in widespread calls to reduce air travel.
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But aeroplanes were still the most used mode of overseas travel, and there are other reasons besides climate awareness that Swedes' travel habits may be changing.
The country experienced a record heatwave, which prompted many people living in Sweden to take a staycation and travel to the coast or countryside rather than head abroad. Many travel agencies reported a drop in the number of people booking last-minute holidays abroad.
What's more, the Swedish krona tumbled in value early last summer, which would have made an overseas trip less attractive or even less feasible for many households, due to less favourable exchange rates than previous years. The Swedish krona remains at its worst rate since 2002, weak against the Danish and Norwegian kroner and against the euro, which is at its strongest level in alRead More – Source