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Finnish booze imports surge on rise in trips to Estonia

The National Institute for Health and Welfare THL says that new data show a 14-percent increase in personal alcohol imports over a period of one year. THL researcher Thomas Karlsson says that an increase in trips to Estonia appears to have buoyed the rising booze imports.

The National Institute for Health and Welfare THL reported Monday that Finnish tourists imported 81.1 million litres of alcoholic beverages from abroad during the one-year period from September 2015 to September 2016, up 14.1 percent in the previous year.

THL specialist researcher Thomas Karlsson said that trips to neighbouring Estonia increased by six percent since during the first six months or so of this year. He added that this was partly responsible for the surge in alcohol imports.

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