Finnish, Swedish regimes move to relax strict alcohol laws

Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Sweden and Finland have moved to relax strict laws that govern the sale of alcohol, while preserving wider state monopolies. The government in Stockholm intends to allow what it calls ‘farm sales,’ in which alcohol producers offer beverages directly to visiting customers. Meanwhile, Finland’s parliament has approved the sale of fermented drinks such as beer, wine and cider with an alcohol content of up to 8% in supermarkets, up from the current 5.5% limit. In Sweden and Finland, alcohol can generally only be bought in state-owned shops, or at licensed bars and restaurants. They are the only EU countries to have alcohol monopolies.” (06/05/24)