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The rules for sale of alcohol in Lapland may be stricter than elsewhere


Alcohol in Lapland

The sale of alcohol in Lapland is subject to strict regulations. You can buy beer in most supermarkets all over Lapland. As a rule you will not find beer in kiosks and petrol stations.

In all 3 Lapland countries wine and stronger beverages can only be bought at special state monopoly shops. In Finland they are called Alko. In Norway you must look for Vinmonopolet, and in Sweden Systembolaget.

You find these shops in all cities and towns and some villages throughout Lapland. Most people will be able to tell you where to find the nearest shop.

When in doubt, they will ask you to prove your identity and age.

Alcohol in Finland

Medium beers and ciders (below 4.7 %) of alcohol by volume can be purchased in supermarkets.
Beverages containing more than 4.7 % of alcohol by volume have to be purchased from the ALKO. Look for this sign in Finnish Lapland

Alcohol in Norway

To buy beers, wines and other products below 22 % per volume you have to be at least 18 years of age.
With liquers and spirits stronger than 22 % per volume you have to be at least 20 years of age.

Look for this sign in Norwegian Lapland

Alcohol in Sweden

To buy beers, wines and other products more alcohol than 3,5% per volume you have to be at least 20 years of age.
You can buy beers between 2,25 and 3,5% per volume from the age of 18. These beers you can buy at supermarkets.

Look for this sign i Swedish Lapland Systembolaget logo

Driving and alcohol

The prescribed blood-alcohol limits in Lapland are:
  • 0,2 pro mille (0,02%) in Norwegian and Swedish Lapland
  • 0,5 pro mille (0,05%) in Finnish Lapland
  • Check Blood alcohol content limits in different countries here.

    Check out more about alcohol in Lapland and driving.

    Resources

    If you need to find out more about buying alcohol in Finland, Norway and Sweden, you can visit the official sites below. At their sites you'll also find out where their shops are.

    Alko Finland

    Vinmonopolet Norway

    Systembolaget Sweden

    Where the Reindeer Roam




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