Norway registered record sales of alcohol last year – purchases increased by 20%

Vinmonopolet - alcoholPhoto: Heiko Junge / NTB

The abrupt halt in cross-border trade with Sweden last year led to a sharp increase in alcohol sales in Norway. In total, Norwegians bought 5.5 million liters more pure alcohol last year than in 2019.

According to Statistics Norway (SSB) figures, Norwegians bought a total of 14 million liters of spirits, 105.2 million liters of wine, 278.2 million liters of beer, and 22.3 million liters of soft drinks last year.

That corresponds to 32.1 million liters of pure alcohol and is 5.5 million liters more than was sold in 2019.

Per capita, the turnover is 7.2 liters of pure alcohol. That corresponds to an increase of 19.5% from 2019.

On average, every inhabitant in Norway over the age of 15 bought 3.2 liters of spirits, 23.7 liters of wine, 62.7 liters of beer, and 5 liters of soft drinks last year.

Record year

Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) writes that the SSB has figures on alcohol turnover from 1851 until today and that sales of alcohol per capita in Norway were never as high as last year.

Consultant Lars Jacob Dale, responsible for the statistics, told NRK that the increase is due to closed borders and the lack of travel abroad.

“Whether this is the only reason, it’s difficult to say, but it is clearly the dominant factor,” Dale said.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayFinance

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