Norwegians set records for beer consumption during hot summer

Warm weather has coincided with record sales of beer and bottled water in Norway, but fewer soft drinks are being consumed.

Norwegians set records for beer consumption during hot summer
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Sales of beer increased by just over three percent in the first half of 2018, Nettavisen reports.

The most recent months in particular have brought figures up, resulting in “all time high” beer sales beating the previous record from 2016, Petter Nome, director of Bryggeri- og drikkevareforeningen (The Brewery and Drinks Association) told Nettavisen.

Sales of bottled water have meanwhile increased 18 percent compared with the first half of 2017, which also represents a record.

June saw 34 percent more sales of bottled water than in the corresponding month last year.

“That is a new record for a single month,” Nome said.

Four percent less sales of soft drinks or soda were recorded in June compared with June 2017.

“There must be an explanation other that increased shopping at the border, although it is difficult to find data from Sweden to support that. There is no systematic recording of data from border stores,” Nome said.

Turnover from sales of sugar-free soft drink also fell, but only by one percent for the first half of the year, resulting in the unique situation in Norway of higher sales of sugar-free soft drinks than those with sugar.

“We are the first country in the world that can say that. Some countries include water (in the calculation), but Norway doesn’t,” Nome told Nettavisen.

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Partial lunar eclipse to be visible over parts of Norway

People in parts of Norway may be able to witness a partial lunar eclipse on Friday. 

Pictured is a lunar eclipse
Friday will see a partial lunar eclipse over Norway. Pictured is a lunar eclipse. Photo by Roger Starnes Sr on Unsplash

On Friday morning, the sun, the earth and the moon will align, causing a partial lunar eclipse. Friday’s celestial showcase will be an almost total lunar eclipse, with only a tiny part of the moon not ending up in the earth’s shadow. 

The eclipse will be most visible at 10:03am, when 98 percent of the moon will be in shadow. 

The moon will take on a reddish tinge as sunlight that passes through the earth’s atmosphere will be refracted back onto the moon. 

People in the north of Norway will have the best eclipse experience because the moon doesn’t go down until later in the morning at higher latitudes. The weather will also be better further north, according to forecasts. 

Residents of east and west Norway hoping for a show may have their views hindered by clouds. 

“If you are lucky, you’ll be able to see it from several parts of the country,” Randveig Eikhild from the Meteorological Institute told public broadcaster NRK

The best place to see the eclipse will be somewhere with a good clear view of the horizon, without mountains, hills or buildings in the way. 

For those in the south, where the view may not be the best due to the brighter mornings, there’s another celestial event on Friday that they will be able to witness. 

Once the sun goes down, gas giants Jupiter and Saturn will be visible in the night sky and very close together. Saturn won’t be visible from the north, however. 

“Jupiter and Saturn are quite close to each other and are beautiful in the fall. However, they are not always as close as they are now. It can be a very nice sight,” Pål Brekke, from the Norwegian Space Centre, explained to NRK.