Third of Estonia's Alcohol Sales Attributed to Finnish Tourists

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4/22/2014 5:40 PM
Category: Economy

A study by TNS Emor showed that 34 percent of all alcohol sold in Estonia is transported by Finnish tourists across the border, with that figure increasing as Estonians themselves are drinking less.

Four out of five Finns visiting Estonia bring alcohol back to Finland, spending on average 122 euros each, Emor said today.

A second recent study, this time by the Institute of Economic Research, found that Estonians drank 10 liters of absolute alcohol last year, 0.3 liters less than in 2012.

Alcohol sales in the country increased by 1 percent on the whole. Finns bought more beer and other lighter drinks, and less strong alcohol, mimicking Estonian trends.

Excise tax on alcoholic drinks is three to five times higher in Finland.


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