Although Sweden emerged from the European debt crisi relatively unscathed, an ever-strengthening krona is having a profound effect on the country's leisure marine sector.

According to Swedish marine industries federation Sweboat, around 15,784 boats were sold on the home market in 2012 — a drop of 16.7 per cent compared to the previous year. Boat production, a sector that was particularly hard-hit, fell by 25.2 per cent to just 6,142 units as Swedish consumer shunned domestic products in favour of imported brands.

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