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10:43am on Thursday, 19th May, 2016:



Three weeks ago, when I was in Germany, the things I bought — hot drinks, chocolate bars, taxi rides — cost about the same as they do in the UK. Two weeks ago, when I was in Malaysia, they were much less expensive, maybe half the UK price. Here in Sweden, though, they're more expensive, perhaps a quarter as much again I'd pay for the same thing in the UK. 40 Swedish Krona for a medium cappuccino is about £3.25, which may be par for the course in central London and monopolies at airports but it's 80p more than I'd expect to fork out in a shopping mall (which is where I bought that one).

For Swedes who visit Malaysia, everyday goods and services must seem practically free.

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