Growing interest in the 2018 World Cup that will take place in Russia this summer has sparked record high sales of plane tickets to the country among Swedish residents, Aftonbladet newspaper wrote.
According to the media outlet, the number of trips booked to Russia has increased more than tenfold.
The main reasons behind this trend are a great interest in the championship, and the fact that football fans do not need a visa to Russia if they purchased tickets for a football game and have received corresponding Fan IDs.
Russia has never been a top destination for Swedes, especially in the summer, when it's hot, and good beaches are far away, the newspaper noted, adding that the growing demand is, therefore, especially noteworthy.
The 2018 World Cup will be held in Russia for from June 14 until July 15 at 12 stadiums in 11 cities.
According to the latest data, the number of Fan IDs already registered exceeds 350,000.
Most applications have come from Russia, the United States, China, Mexico, Colombia, Argentina, Peru, Germany, Brazil and Egypt.