From 1980 until August this year, prices in society have increased 296 percent.

At the same time, the prices of "food and non-alcoholic beverages", according to Statistics Sweden, have increased in price by the same amount, also 296 percent.

Calculated in the long term, food prices thus follow inflation in society.

But there are also items that stand out.

Fish has become 467 percent more expensive since 1980 and the product group "milk, cheese and eggs" has risen 381 percent.

- Fish is the food product group that has increased the most in price since the 1980s.

It is primarily cod and fresh salmon that have increased in price, says Carl Mårtensson, price statistician at Statistics Sweden.

Fruit (+344 percent) and "sweets and ice cream" (+330 percent) have also risen in price more than inflation since 1980.

Many items cheaper

At the same time, there are many goods that have risen in price less than the general rate of price increase and thus become cheaper if you exclude inflation.

Vegetables, coffee, tea, cocoa, soft drinks, juice and mineral water are examples of products that have become cheaper compared to 1980.

The group "coffee, tea and cocoa" has only risen 214 percent in price since 1980.

Meat and bread are two examples of product groups that have risen in price in line with inflation.

And food prices and inflation have not always risen as much.

In the early 1980s, food prices rose faster than prices in general and contributed to the relatively high inflation of the time, while food prices fell slightly between 1990 and 2000 at the same time as inflation rose.

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Prices affect how we buy food - hear store manager Thobias Johansson about what trends are noticeable in his store.

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