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Increasing Support for Selling Alcohol in Stores

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Increasing Support for Selling Alcohol in Stores

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More Icelanders support the idea of selling beer and wine in grocery stores than last year, Vísir reports. The ratio of those supporting the sale of alcohol has increased by 5% in one year, from 31.1% to 36.1%.

A poll conducted by Maskína reveals this trend, which is taking place for the fourth year running. This is the highest surveyed support for the sale of alcohol since Maskína started the survey.

More Icelanders are opposed to the idea than those who are for it. 46% of those polled were against selling any form of alcohol in stores. That ratio has however decreased by 12% between 2017 and 2018. This can be explained by an increase in both those who are for the sale of alcohol as well as those who are unsure of their opinion, which increased to 17% from 10% last year.

Full results of the survey can be found here.

State run alcohol store and the beer ban

Alcohol is sold at the State Alcohol and Tobacco Company of Iceland, a state owned company which has a monopoly on the sale of alcohol and tobacco in Iceland. Alcohol stronger than 2.25% is not sold in grocery stores. There was a prohibition on beer in place in Iceland to the 1st of March, 1989. The law had been in place since 1915, but the sale of wine was allowed in 1922 and stronger spirits in 1935.

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