Norway to cut taxes on diet soft drinks by 30%

Coca cola and soft drinksCoca cola and soft drinks.Photo: Terje Pedersen / NTB

The Norwegian government is planning to reduce the taxes on diet soft drinks by 30% in the proposal for next year’s state budget.

“Diet soft drinks are better than the ones with sugar. I know there is a myth that it is not so good to drink diet soft drinks, but that is wrong. If the alternative is to drink a sugary soft drink, then diet soft drinks are much better,” Minister of Health Bent Høie (H) told E24.

In the budget proposal for next year, a tax cut of 30% is therefore planned from July 1 next year.

The government is also changing the controversial sugar tax – the more sugar in the product, the more sugar tax will be applied.

If a product is sugar-free, as diet soft drinks with artificial sweeteners often are, that will mean a sharp tax cut.

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