Intense Alcohol Debate on Greenland

A proposed new Act on stronger regulation of the alcohol sale on Greenland has caused an entrenched debate. The Parliament will decide on Thursday whether or not to adopt new legislation.

Most things seem to indicate that the proposed act will be supported by a majority in Inatsisartut, Greenlandā€™s parliament, when the proposal is processed for the third and final time on the coming Thursday.

It appears that the suggested ban on alcohol advertising and a suggestion that alcoholic goods shall be kept separate from other goods in shops are the two items causing the loudest resistance.

Support from the two major parties, Siumut and Inuit Attaqatiigit, as well as the Partii Naleraq, which also wants to introduce a state monopoly on selling alcohol, indicates that the proposed act will be adopted by a good margin.

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