Wine Monopoly

Submitted by John_O on Sat, 11/29/2008 - 18:02

In Norway, the sale, distribution and promotion of alcohol products is controlled by a variety of legal strategies.  As I understand it the laws are as follows:

  • In grocery stores only beer can be sold (less than 4.75%), not wine or stronger beverage.
  • Wine and stronger beverages can only be sold through the “Vinmonopol” (“Wine monopoly”) which the state runs. The state decides how many of these shops there exists in Norway.
  • you must be 18 to purchase beer and wine and 20 for stronger spirits (over 22%)
  • The sale of alcohol in shops stops at 8pm every weekday and 6pm before holidays (including Sundays.)
  • Alcohol cannot be sold in shops on Sundays or public holidays
  • advertising alcohol is illegal in Norway

I think these laws offer some interesting counter arguements to those who would contest The Meat Licence Proposal on the grounds of infrastructure or logistics.