A group called Kontantupproret or Cash Rebellion, has spent the past six years campaigning against what it claims is a conspiracy of Sweden’s banks to abolish cash.
the disappearance of cash is a grave threat to democracy, privacy and individual freedom.
Pensioners’ groups and disability advocates have warned that some old and mentally disabled people struggle with digital transactions.
The Civil Contingencies Agency, which prepares Sweden for crisis, meanwhile advises everyone to keep cash at home in small denominations in case the payment system crashes.
There is widespread concern in Sweden about the shadow economy, which is being targeted as part of the “Safer Malmö” project.