Swedes win right to import own booze

Sweden’s state monopoly on alcohol sales is heading for the rocks in the aftermath of an EU ruling allowing Swedes to buy online from abroad without risking the wrath of teams of roving excise duty tax officials.

30th August, 2008

Sweden’s state monopoly on alcohol sales is heading for the rocks in the aftermath of an EU ruling allowing Swedes to buy online from abroad without risking the wrath of teams of roving excise duty tax officials.

A landmark EU Court of Justice decision, legalising the Swedes’ right to import alcohol from other EU countries via foreign retailers or on the internet, has delivered a major shake-up to the state-owned monopoly Systembolaget, reducing...

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