Nakstad: I think Norwegians will be able to go cross-border shopping in June

Cross border shoppingPhoto: Geir Olsen / NTB

Espen Nakstad believes it will be possible for Norwegians to travel to Sweden to shop already this month. 

The assistant health director told newspaper Dagbladet that it would be possible to travel when the infection pressure goes down or when a vaccine certificate is in place.

“It may not be that long. I think it could maybe be already in the month of June. It will be exciting to see where we stand when we get there. I do not know, but I hope and believe it will go in that direction in June. Then, everything could be easier,” Nakstad said.

Strict travel restrictions

The shops in Strømstad and the other shopping towns along the border with Norway have suffered after strict travel restrictions were introduced due to the pandemic.

At the same time, turnover in Norwegian grocery stores and Vinmonopolet has increased sharply as a result of the sudden stop in cross-border and tax-free trade.

On Monday, Virke released a report that estimates that turnover in the grocery stores in the border trade area, which is defined as the former counties of Akershus, Oslo, Sør-Trøndelag, Vestfold, and Østfold, increased by NOK 5.8 billion last year. 

The turnover of Vinmonopolet increased by NOK 2.8 billion due to the halt in cross-border trade.

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