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Høie worried about Finnish and Icelandic deregulation of alcohol

Health Minister Bent Høie fears that proposals for deregulation of alcohol sales in Finland and Iceland may indirectly put pressure on the alcohol Monopoly also in Norway.

In Iceland, the government manifesto secured a promise to discontinue alcohol monopoly by 2018. In Finland, there are several changes in the works.

– It is of course up to these countries to decide. But it is also so that it is the Nordic countries – except from Denmark – that have stood together around a licenced State Monopoly system.

What is about to take place in Finland in reality undermines the Finnish monopoly, and then there will only be Norway and Sweden who are left with a State Monopoly scheme, says Bent Høie.

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