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Apoteket AB
TypeSwedish government enterprise
Founded1970 (1970)
HeadquartersStockholm, Sweden
Key people
Ann Carlsson (CEO)[1]
RevenueSEK 26.275 million (2010)[1]
Number of employees
5,655 (2010)[1]

Apoteket AB is a state-owned pharmaceuticals retailer in Sweden which formerly held a monopoly on the retail sale of medicines in the country. Formerly known as Apoteksbolaget, the company is a government owned enterprise reporting to the Ministry of Finance.[2]


The company was founded in 1970 under the name Apoteksbolaget AB.[3] In 1998 the name was changed to the current one, Apoteket AB.[4]

On 1 July 2009, the government monopoly was lifted, allowing the opening of private pharmacies in Sweden.[5] The Swedish government cited the fact of Sweden being the only democracy, along with Cuba and North Korea, to retain its monopoly as an argument for its abolishment.[6]


  1. ^ a b c "Årsredovisning 2010" (PDF) (in Swedish). Apoteket AB. p. 3. Archived from the original (PDF) on 5 January 2012. Retrieved 15 March 2012.
  2. ^ "Regeringens skrivelse 2012/13:33". The Swedish Government. Retrieved 27 July 2014.
  3. ^ "Apofri – Apoteket först ut med egen serie receptfria läkemedel". Mynewsdesk (in Swedish). Retrieved 29 March 2021.
  4. ^ "Apoteket AB". Nationalencyklopedin (in Swedish). Retrieved 16 March 2012. (subscription required)
  5. ^ Landes, David (1 July 2009). "Sweden's pharmacy monopoly finished". The Local. Retrieved 15 March 2012.
  6. ^ "Sveriges Grönaste Varumärke 2018" (PDF). www.differ.se. Retrieved 29 March 2021.

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