Norwegians are divided over tax cuts on alcohol, snus, and sweets, new survey shows

Vinmonopolet - alcoholPhoto: Lise Åserud / NTB

Norwegians are divided over lower taxes on snus, sugar, and alcohol. Still, a majority of those surveyed in a recent survey believe the decision to reduce them was the right move.

Before Christmas, the Progress Party (FRP) managed to get a reduction in taxes on goods widely purchased in Sweden from the government. 

Around one in three respondents think it was wrong to cut the taxes. However, about 45% of respondents think it was the right move, and almost half in this group think the taxes should have been cut even more, newspaper Aftenposten writes.

“I am glad that the support is high for the tax cuts we got approved and for further tax cuts,” FRP leader Siv Jensen noted. 

She stated that the FRP is the only party in the Norwegian parliament (Storting) that is concerned about the issue.

Bad for public health?

Secretary-General Mina Gerhardsen of the National Association for Public Health is happy that a third of those surveyed are negative about the tax cuts.

“Lower prices for goods that harm health will lead to weakened public health,” she said.

The survey was conducted by Respons between December 17 and December 23. 

 A total of 1,072 people took part in the survey. 

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

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