Liquor Monopolies in Nordic Countries

State monopoly of sales of an intoxicant would maximize revenue and limit the profit motive.  That’s the model in 17 U.S. States for liquor, and in the Nordic countries for most alcohol.

This comes from (here), so it must be true:

All Nordic countries, except Denmark, have government-owned alcohol monopolies.
  • Denmark – Alcoholic beverages can be bought at any grocery store or kiosk.
  • Faroe Islands – Alcoholic beverages above 1.8% ABV can be bought in Rúsdrekkasøla Landsins, also known as Rúsan
  • Finland – Grocery stores may sell beer and other alcoholic beverages of less than 4.7% alcohol by volume (ABV), if the alcohol is produced by fermentation. All other alcohol must be purchased in the Alko store.
  • Iceland – Can only be bought at hard-liquor stores. Vínbúð stores.
  • Norway – Alcoholic beverages above 4.8% ABV can only be bought at Vinmonopolet stores.
  • Sweden – Grocery stores may sell beer and cider no higher than 3.5% ABV. All other alcohol must be purchased in the state-run Systembolaget stores, also known asBolaget or Systemet.

Most Canadian provinces, too, have liquor monopolies.


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