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Liquor smuggling

Bootleg alcohol sold to all ages

Published tisdag 5 juni 2012 kl 10.50
In the spring, school graduation parties may cause an increase in bootlegged alcohol sales. File photo: Scanpix

Beer and hard liquor is being sold openly on parking lots in Sweden, Swedish Radio News reports. The alcohol is smuggled in from abroad and then sold on the black market, often to young people.

"We just walk up and say 'vodka' or 'beer', because they may not speak Swedish. They bring it out, tell us the price and then we give them the money," one 15-year-old told Swedish Radio.

"I don't think it matters how old you are," he said.

Compared to five years ago, the number of bootlegging cases has doubled. Illegal sales are common in late spring, when Sweden's high school pupils attend graduation parties.

At 19, graduates are not yet old enough to buy alcohol from the state-run chain Systembolaget, which only accepts customers over 20.

Sweden's public health minister Maria Larsson of the Christian Democrat Party told Swedish Radio News that the government is constantly at work on the issue.

"We have allocated resources to combat this problem for the rest of the term. It's about working on attitudes, and about parents and children saying no to a greater extent. That's very meaningful," Maria Larsson said.

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