Although provision of an e-mail address is free, a small 'microstamp' charge will be levied on all messages. Techno-Luddites and those who just don't want to use electronic media can still receive messages, which will be printed-out and delivered to home or office. Swedes will also be able to access the e-mail service from public kiosks as well as their own PCs.
Other countries, including Britain, are said to be interested in the scheme although the UK Post Office refuses to comment [hardly surprising in view of the present delicate state of industrial relations]. But Jonsson believes the Royal Mail's reported concern about the concomitant job losses is irrelevant: 'If they don't do this now, they will lose all the jobs', he predicts.