I’ve resisted posting about one of my least favorite things about living in Norway for a long time. I figured that, even if I were initially skeptical, I would give the system a chance and see if it grew on me. It hasn’t.
- Vinmonopolet (“The Wine Monopoly”) is owned by the government.
- It is a non-profit enterprise.
- Wine and liquor can only be sold in Vinmonopolet.
- “Strong” beer can also only be sold in Vinmonopolet.
- What’s a strong beer? Anything over 4.7%. Yes, seriously.
- “Weak” beer is the only alcoholic beverage that can be sold in other stores.
- There are only 239 stores in all of Norway and only 24 in Oslo.
In short, the stores are horribly inconvenient, always have a long line, close at ridiculous hours, and have a terrible selection.
For the government’s defense, click below.