Thousands of Swedes are getting microchip implants under their skin

Published on Jul 05, 2023 at 1:52 PM (UTC+4)
by Adam Gray

Last updated on Jul 06, 2023 at 1:08 PM (UTC+4)
Edited by Kate Bain

Thousands of Swedes are getting microchip implants under their skin

Apparently, piercings and tattoos aren’t the “it thing” in Sweden anymore.

As strange as it may sound, microchip implants are increasing in popularity.

They’re so popular in fact, that thousands of people are hopping on the bandwagon.

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These small implants, about the size of a grain of rice, have steadily grown in popularity since they were first introduced in 2015. 

If you’re wondering why, it’s pretty simple.

They’re a convenient substitute for carrying keys, credit cards, and train tickets.

So, you get one of these microchip implants inserted under the skin, and can go about your day without worrying if you’ve forgotten anything.

Apparently, microchip implants are entirely safe and work immediately after being implanted, too.

They don’t require a battery or power source either.

Are there any drawbacks then?

Obviously, there are concerns regarding surveillance and privacy breaches, with some believing there is a dark side to the technology that has a potential for abuse.

It also begs the question, who owns the data? And, who has access to the data? Is it ethical to chip people like we do pets?

That being said, it hasn’t stopped around 30,000 people in Sweden getting the implants.

Not everyone is so keen on the idea, though, with hundreds of people taking to Instagram to share their opinions.

“Imagine being so dumb as to get one of those,” one person said.

“Won’t get me. I’ll never have something in my hand all day that has all my financial information on it. That’s just dumb,” another said.

“I’m good, I just watched The Belko Experiment,” another posted.

Clearly, not everyone’s entirely on board with the idea.

But technology is the way of the future, so we won’t be surprised if microchip implants become the norm in 10 or even five years’ time.

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Adam Gray

Adam Gray is an experienced motoring journalist and content creator based in the United Kingdom. Using his media accreditation with manufacturers’ press offices, Adam test drives the latest cars and attends new vehicle press launches, producing written reviews and news pieces for Before joining the Supercar Blondie team, Adam was Motoring Editor for Portfolio North magazine, North East Motoring Editor at Reach plc, and provided motoring content on a freelance basis to several lifestyle and business publications in the North of England. When he’s not behind the wheel of the latest car, Adam can be found at his local rink playing ice hockey or supporting his beloved Middlesbrough FC.