Alcohol in Finland

 



In Finland there are strict antialcohol rules which are meant to fight the plague of heavy drinking, which is still a serious social problem. The sale of beer is limited – there are small towns with shops with concession. You can usually buy outburst drinks only until 9pm; later alcohol stands are out of business, even if the shop is open for late night hours. In some places there are traditional rules which only allow to buy 2 bottles of strong alcohol or 5 bottles of low-percent alcohol. In restaurants there are no limits, but prices can be as high, as those in bars. It is practically expensive everywhere, so that’s why a popular habit is buying alcohols on duty-free Swedish ships.
In weekends Finnish people like spending time at parties, in the evening you can encounter amused and tipsy youngsters. Because of the expensive outburst drinks some people, even those that are quite grown up, may have a habit known to many students around the world: before entering the pub they take an intro dose of alcohol at home. There is no doubt about it – the Finnish people don’t spill it behind the collar, and are heavy drinkers, as a national shortcoming is, similar to the Polish and Russian people, a subject of many jokes (for example, “What is a difference between a Finnish funeral and a Finnish wedding? On a funeral there is one sober person”) At this point we must mention the fact, that the Finnish people don’t have the habit of collective toasting, but rather, they drink to one certain person. Before rising the glass you need to say terve (“To your health/cheers”) or maljanne (to your welfare), and after the toast take a gentle bow.
Driving after alcohol is roughly punished. The mandates are sort of like a ruining fine, and their price is consulted based upon the incomes of the accused one. The record-holder, the 27-year-old Jussi Salonoja, son of a millionaire, had to pay 170 thousand euros! Plus, he managed to double the allowed speed.





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