Iceland: Majority oppose freeing up alcohol sales

A majority of Icelanders oppose allowing the sale of alcohol in retail food stores, according to a new opinion poll.

Icelandic national broadcaster RÚV reports that 47% of respondents oppose selling wine and beer in retail food stores, while 41% are in favour (link in Icelandic).

When it comes to the sale of spirits, 67% of respondents oppose any change to the current system. As things stand, the Icelandic State has a monopoly on retail sales of alcohol, which is only available in specific State-run outlets operating under the ‘Vínbúðin’ brand.

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