Iceland: Majority oppose freeing up alcohol salesNovember 18, 2015
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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