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Selling wines in supermarkets? Finns are split on the issue

Finns are divided over the idea of selling wines in supermarkets. While it's a common practice in many other European countries, wines can only...

Alko sales jump 23% in April, during coronavirus lockdown

Finland's state alcohol monopoly Alko sold 23% more booze in April this year compared to the year before. The increase coincides with the most stringent...

Surprised? Finns bought a lot more booze from Alko in March

With restaurants closed, and foreign travel coming to a standstill, Finns flocked to Alko stores in March to stock up on alcohol even as...

Alko plans to change opening hours in dozens of stores

State-owned alcohol retailer Alko says it's planning to change the opening hours in dozens of its stores from the beginning of the new year. Back...

Alko announces big sales drop – but not as much as...

Finland's state alcohol monopoly Alko has announced some big falls in sales of beer and long drink. In their new annual report, released today, Alko...

Politicians mostly united against supermarket wine and spirit sales

In the run-up to elections, Finnish politicians get asked their views on all sorts of subjects, but a survey by Keskisuomalainen media group had...

Mikko Kiesiläinen Column: Finland subsidises fine wines for the rich

Mikko Kiesiläinen is the head of Libera think tank, and a parliamentary election candidate for the Green Alliance. Follow him on Twitter at @MKiesilainen. Finland is...

Thirsty Start To 2018 For Alko Sales

It's been a thirsty start to the year for Finland's state alcohol monopoly Alko. The company reports today that sales are down in all product...

Editorial: Finland’s Alcohol Addiction

Parliament is debating the latest proposals to reform Finland's alcohol laws. But as Janne Strang argues in this editorial, the country is long overdue for...

New Booze Bill Goes To Parliament

The government submitted its new alcohol legislation proposals to parliament today. But there might not be a vote until November. In the proposal, the maximum...