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Swedish alcohol monopoly worried about Finns’ boozing

The Swedish alcohol monopoly, Systembolaget, has complained about a proposed change in Finnish alcohol law because it might cause Finns to drink more. Finns already drink more than their neighbours in other Nordic countries, and that gap is likely to expand if Finland relaxes the rules on selling alcohol.

Sweden’s state alcohol retailer Systembolaget is concerned about Finns’ drinking, and has sent a comment to the European Commission outlining the risks to Finns’ health if the Finnish parliament passes a proposed alcohol reform.

At present, anything stronger than 4.7 percent alcohol by volume must be sold by the state alcohol retailer, Alko.

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