Day 176 of 365

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Day 176 of my "365 Days" project. Systembolaget sign in Lidingö.

Systembolaget (colloquially known as systemet "the system" or bolaget "the company"; literal English translation: the System Company) is a government owned chain of liquor stores in Sweden. It is the only retail store allowed to sell alcoholic beverages that contain more than 3.5% (by volume) alcohol. Systembolaget also sells non-alcoholic beverages. To buy alcoholic beverages at Systembolaget one has to be 20 years old or older. At Swedish restaurants and bars the legal age to buy alcoholic beverages is 18.

Systembolaget used to have open Mondays to Fridays, and there were a lot of heated discussions when the stores would also have open on Saturdays until 3pm. So, if you are in Sweden, you do need to plan your drink as you cannot just walk into a store and buy it when you feel like it. Unless you go to a restaurant or bar, where the  price is likely to be at least two or three times higher.

There are other alcoholic monopolies in Scandinavia: Alko in Finland, Vinmonopolet i Norway, Vínbúđ in Iceland and Rúsdrekkasøla Landsinsin the Faroe Islands.

Source: Wikipedia

A self-service Systembolaget in Södertälje, Sweden. This is the normal layout of the Systembolaget stores since the 1990s.

Photo: by Svenf from Wikimedia Commons.

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