Vice Squad
Monday, August 16, 2004
Swedish Alcohol Tax Decline Makes More Headway

Sweden's state-owned monopoly seller of alcohol has seen a fall in sales of more than 13 percent this year. Meanwhile, alcohol consumption in Sweden has increased. The disconnect comes from the eased conditions within the EU with respect to importing alcohol for personal use from other, sometimes low cost, EU member countries. Now a Swedish government commission has recommended that Sweden follow the lead of Finland and Denmark, by severely cutting alcohol taxes:
Sweden should slash its traditionally high taxes on hard liquor by 40 percent to get Swedes to purchase more of their booze at home where the government can keep tabs on their drinking habits, a government commissioned report recommended on Monday.

"To break the pattern of the strong increase in travel-imports of spirits and to strengthen the Swedish alcohol policy's legitimacy, we suggest that the tax on hard liquor be lowered by 40 percent starting on January 1, 2005," head of the study Kent Haerstedt said in a statement.
Vice Squad has been tracking the Finnish and Swedish alcohol tax developments, most recently on August 9.

Apologies for the blogging hiatus. My out-of-town visitors are now gone, however, and I hope to be back to my dull everyday existence, er, I mean, my "regular blogging schedule."

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