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The Smallest Town Gets the Smallest Liquor Store

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The Smallest Town Gets the Smallest Liquor Store

Kópasker

Photo: Páll Stefánsson

The Icelandic state famously has a monopoly on selling alcohol in Iceland.

For this reason it is newsworthy that the country’s 49th Vínbúðin liquor store was opened recently in the tiny village of Kópasker, population 95 people. Kópasker is on the Melrakkaslétta peninsula in northeast Iceland, 600 km (400 miles) from Reykjavík.

The new shop’s opening times are 17.00 to 18.00 Monday to Thursday, and 14.00 to 18.00 on Fridays.

Erla, the director of the Vínbúðin shop in Kópasker, told the local news site that very few customers have been shopping so far, because since opening the weather has been generally very bad.

Kópasker is at least an hour’s drive to the next nearest alcohol shops.

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