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Liquor monopoly wants tax-free licence

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Ann Törnkvist - [email protected]
Liquor monopoly wants tax-free licence
Tax free sales at Gardermoen airport in Oslo. File photo: Terje Bendiksby/Scanpix

The Norwegian state liquor monopoly wants to take over the sale of wine and spirits in tax-free, saying that airport sales threaten the alcohol vendor's legitimacy and financing.

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"When every seventh bottle of wine and liquor in Norway is bought in tax free, the long term effect could be that our legitimacy is undermined, and we lose our social responsibility," Vinmonopolet director Kai G. Henriksen told the Aftenposten newspaper.

"Our second concern is our financial survival. When people stop shopping with us, it affects our potential to build new stores and develop." 

While the state liquor agency has not been in contact with the concerned airports about taking over wine and spirit sales, Henriksen would like to open talks about a potential future move to do so. At present, the tax-free sales are managed by the company Travel Retail Norge. 

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