How are consumers planning to deal with price increases?
June 2nd, 2022, Tove Keldsen

How are consumers planning to deal with price increases?

Prices are increasing, and consumers are changing their shopping habits. A new report analyzes how Nordic consumers experience inflation and how they deal with it.

Data is drawn from YouGov’s Nordic Inflation report 2022, which describes the impact of price increases on the Nordic consumer’s financial situation.


Fuel, grocery, and electricity are the three categories in which Nordic consumers have experienced the price increase the most. 80% believe fuel is more expensive now.

Three in four (75%) Nordic consumers think their grocery bill has risen in the last 12 months. However, the young generation (18-29) have not noticed this difference as much as those aged 30+. 61% of the young generation have stated that their grocery bill is higher, while 78% of Nordic consumers aged 30+ have noted this.

Inflation causes consumers to change their habits

One in three (33%) of consumers have bought more on promotions due to price increases. Among this group, significantly more women (38%) than men (29%) have stated this.


29% cut back on non-essential spending, and 23% bought cheaper brands because of the price increases. The Finns are overrepresented in this category as 31% of Finns stated they had bought cheaper brands due to price increases, while this only applies to 19% of consumers in the other Nordic countries.

For almost one in three (31%), the price increases have had no impact on their purchasing habits.

Download the report here


YouGov surveyed 4624 consumers from YouGov’s proprietary panel in the Nordic countries (Denmark n= 1041, Norway n= 1014, Sweden n= 1026, Finland n= 1543) using standardized online interviews on inflation.

The surveys were conducted in April 2022. The results are representative of the population in the Nordic countries aged 18 and over.