Norway: Vinmonopolet loses some holidays

Sales of wine and liquor are so politically charged in Norway that the issue of extended opening hours for the state liquor monopoly Vinmonopolet was a matter of debate in Parliament this week. It resulted in the state-controlled retailer being allowed to open on several days when it’s traditionally been closed, NewsinEnglish.no reports.

It will still be closed on Christmas Eve, December 24, and all other state holidays, but it’s now set to open on the days before holidays, and on Election Day in September.

Vinmonopolet outlets can now open New Year’s Eve, on the day before Easter Sunday and on the Saturday before the pinse (Whitsund) holiday in the late spring.

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