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Per capita consumption of alcohol in the Nordic countries 1990-2018

In 2018, among the Nordic countries Norway had the lowest alcohol consumption of six liters per capita. That same year, the per capita consumption volume of alcohol amounted to 7.1 liters in Sweden. In Iceland and Finland, the corresponding volumes were even higher. By comparison, Denmark had the highest per capita alcohol consumption of 9.1 liters. In general, all Nordic countries except Denmark have strong restrictions on the sales of alcohol. This applies to all beverages with higher alcohol content; low alcohol drinks are thus available in regular supermarkets and convenience stores.

 Norway and Sweden

In Norway, beverages with an alcohol content higher than 4.75 percent are only allowed to be sold by Vinmonopolet, the government-owned alcoholic beverage retailer. In Sweden, even beverages with an alcohol content higher than 3.5 percent are only allowed to be sold by Systembolaget, which is the country’s government-owned chain of liquor stores.  

 Comparison: Denmark 

Danish supermarkets, kiosks and other shops are allowed to sell all kinds of alcohol. The average annual sales volume of pure alcohol per person in the country declined overall since 2008 and amounted to 7.7 liters sold in 2018.

Annual per capita consumption of alcohol in the Nordic countries in selected years from 1990 to 2018

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Source

Release date

March 2020

Region

Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden

Survey time period

1990 to 2018

Age group

15 years and older

Supplementary notes

* Figures for Denmark from 2013 to 2015 are not given.

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