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Drinking age in Norway

There’s no single drinking age for all countries. All countries have different drinking ages. There are several countries that don’t have high drinking ages, and it’s just in the U.S., and a handful of Middle Eastern and African countries, that the drinking age is so high, or that drinking is against the law entirely. It used to be that alcohol was universally against the law in America. Countries in Europe, however, have a different attitude about alcohol, and they’ve had alcohol in their culture for hundreds of years. Norway has a very relaxed and liberal drinking age. They haven’t had any draconian or harsh laws enacted against alcohol in their nation’s history.

Currently, students, and lots of young people, can drink there, as long as they’re over a certain age and don’t drink out there in public. It just makes more sense to allow people who are over 18 to drink, so long as they act responsible. It’s only in America, and a handful of Middle Eastern countries, where the drinking laws are so harsh.

There is no legal drinking age in Norway. There is a legal purchase age of 18 for alcohol that is less than 18% and a legal purchase age of 20 for alcohol that is over 22%. Buying or selling alcohol for minors is illegal. Minors are said to be less than 18 for wine and beer, and under 20 for liquor that has 22% ABV or above that. Minors that get away with buying alcohol aren’t said to be responsible criminally. The crime is for those people who sold them the alcohol, or who got it for them. Alcohol can be sold between 8:99 and 20:00 during the week, and it’s between 8:00 and 18:00 on Saturdays. Alcohol drinks that have more than 4.75% ABV are offered in Vinmonopolet. Alcohol can be sold through the hours of 8:00 and 18:00 during the week, and it can be sold between 8:00 and 15:00 the day prior to Sunday or on religious holidays. Alcohol with over 60% is thought to be narcotics, and it’s illegal. Alcohol that minors have can be taken up as evidence. Drinking out in public is against the law, but it’s not often enforced when the people are in recreational areas.

Norway is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. It’s got some of the most scenic beauty of any place in the entire world. There are also ample opportunities for tourist activities, and it’s great to sample some Scandinavian beer if you visit there, and you’re over 18 years of age. It’s a good idea to go there on a vacation with your family and really enjoy yourself, especially out at a great pub with some of the world’s best liqueurs at your fingertips. Scandinavians are known for their excellent ales, and you should sample as many different kinds as you can while you’re there, if you’re there with your family.




  1. Oscar says:

    Be sure to try Nøgne Ø beer from Vinmonopolet

  2. Fredrik says:

    Most expensive alcohol in the world

  3. Lou Coatney says:

    With evidence mounting that alcohol is a highly addictive gateway drug, there should be strict laws in Norway against its use under 18.


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