Are we really talking about Norway? Home of the Vikings? Hard drinking, burly, vicious Vikings?
Yahoo! News – Hoarding Beer as Cheap Brew Banned
“Norwegians drink relatively small amounts of beer, about 50 liters per person per year. Beer is sold in supermarkets but stronger drink, like wine and liquor, are sold from state outlets as part of a system meant to protect public health.
Norway does not need extra revenues from taxes — it is the world’s third biggest crude exporter and is swamped by cash from oil. But it has a powerful teetotal lobby — Prime Minister Kjell Magne Bondevik does not drink. “