Statistics on payments

Every year, the Riksbank collects different types of payment statistics from banks and payment service providers. These statistics make up Sweden’s official payment statistics, which are reported to the European Central Bank (ECB) and the Bank for International Settlements (BIS). Some of the payment statistics are presented below.

Cash withdrawals are decreasing

Households mainly use ATMs to gain access to cash. Over the last five years, cash withdrawals have decreased, both as regards number and value, which suggests that cash usage is decreasing.

ATM withdrawals are decreasing
  2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Number of terminals 3 231 3 285 2 850 2 655 2 672 2 508
Number of transactions
(million)
214 154 139 121 91 87
Transaction value
(SEK billion)
213 153 110 130 108 103

 

Payment terminals
  2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Number of ATMs 196 985 183 548 257 874 252 801 275 411 251 975
Number of transactions
(million)
2 370 2 501 2 807 3 004 3 009 3 226
Transaction value
(SEK billion)
717 747 997 881 778 920

Updated annually.
Source: The Riksbank
Belongs to the Official Statistics of Sweden.

ATMs and Payment terminals, numerical data 2005-2019 (xlsx)

Card payments most common

Credit transfers and direct debits are relatively few in comparison with the number of card payments. But in terms of value, credit transfers and direct debits stand for a majority of payments.

Number of transactions, million
  2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Card payments 2 620 2 845 3 166 3 352 3 548 3 703
-Debit cards 2 170 2 343 2 604 2 778 2 954 3 074
-Credit cards 450 502 562 574 594 629
Credit transfers 957 1 074 1 303 1 303 1 467 1 491
-Electronic 888 1 016 1 244 1 257 1 426 1 451
-Form 69 58 59 46 41 40
Direct debit 323 280 301 334 360 400
Cheques,
including bank drafts
0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 3 900 4 199 4 770 4 990 5 375 5 594

 

Transaction value, SEK billion
  2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Card payments 980 916 1 003 1 037 1 079 1 127
-Debit cards 719 669 732 765 802 824
-Credit cards 261 248 271 272 277 302
Credit transfers 14 770 13 043 14 561 16 191 18 232 18 422
-Electronic 14 627 12 815 14 381 15 822 17 749 17 794
-Form 142  228 180 369 483 629
Direct debit 558 478 508 545 581 622
Cheques,
including bank drafts
4 4 1 0 0
Total 16 315 14 441 16 076 17 774 19 892 20 171

Note. The figures for 2015 are based on a new calculation method.
Updated annually.
Source: The Riksbank
Belongs to the Official Statistics of Sweden.

Instruments of payment, numerical data 2006-2019 (xlsx)

Payment statistics from other participants

E-invoices

The Swedish Bankers' Association publishes annual statistics on the number and value of e-invoices paid by private customers via their online bank.

Swish

Getswish AB publishes monthly statistics on the number of users who have the Swish mobile payment service app and the number and value of Swish payments.

Card fraud

In a regular report, the ECB publishes statistics on card fraud. This includes figures for both the EU and individual countries within the EU, such as Sweden.

BankID

Finansiell ID-Teknik BID AB publishes monthly figures on holdings and use of the electronic identification BankID service.

Access to payment services

Growth Analysis (Swedish Agency for Growth Policy Analysis) produces annual statistics on the general public's access to basic payment services (the possibility of depositing and withdrawing cash, as well as payment mediation, e.g. the possibility of paying bills).

Charge cards and credit cards

Statistics Sweden's Financial Market Statistics include data on the number of charge cards and credit cards issued and on lending in the form of charge card and credit card receivables.

Swedish Broadband Map

The Swedish Post and Telecom Authority (PTS) presents statistics on the access to fixed broadband in Sweden via "Bredbandskartan" (Swedish Broadband Map).

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Updated 10/11/2020