Booze Monopolies: On The Rocks

The EU court wants to open up Nordic liquor sales

Tony Turonen, a Finnish hospital worker, is shopping for booze so he can party with his girlfriend before he leaves on a trip to Britain. But in the lakeside city of Jyvaskyla, only one store sells liquor--the state retail monopoly Alko Group--and its hours are severely limited. "We should be able to buy a bottle of wine in a supermarket, like anywhere else in Europe," Turonen complains.

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