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Alcohol Tax Cut Decision Postponed

Published onsdag 23 februari 2005 kl 14.05

A decision on lowering the high tax on Alcohol sold at the state owned off-license chain Systembolaget by as much as 40 percent has been put off until later in the year.

Systembolaget itself has led the call to reduce the tax on liquor to reverse a downturn in sales brought about by Swedes importing cheap booze from neighbouring states such as Estonia and Finland.

The tax cut was expected to form part of the government’s new spring budget, but the left and green parties, key supporters of the social democrats have refused to back the proposal, and a decision now seems certain later in the autumn.

A 1 and a half pint bottle of Absolut Vodka in Systembolaget currently costs 230 Kronor, that’s around 30 dollars, of which 140 Kronor or 18 dollars, is tax to the government.

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