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The age limit for purchasing beer and wine is 18 years and for spirits it is 20 years.

Buying alcohol in Norway

Wine, spirits and strong beer are only sold at Vinmonopolet - special shops that are wholly owned by the state. Such shops are found in the larger cities and towns.

Beer can be bought at supermarkets, but only before certain times of day. This can vary from place to place but is by law no later than 8 pm on a weekday and 6 pm on Saturdays and other days immediately preceeding public holidays. The exception is the day before Ascension day, which counts as a weekday.

No alcohol is sold in shops and supermarkets on Sundays, public holidays and days when elections or referendums are held, nor is it legal for shops to sell alcohol on 1 May or 17 May. Beer with less than 2.5% alcohol by volume may be sold for as long as the shop is open.

Most restaurants are licensed, and may also serve alcohol on days when shops are prohibited from doing so.

Bringing alcohol from abroad

Within the limit of NOK 6,000 you are allowed to bring with you the following alcoholic beverages free of customs and excise duty:

1 litre of distilled spirit containing between 22% and 60% alcohol by volume, if you are 20 years of age or older.

Instead of this, you may choose to bring either:

  • 1,5 litres (equal to two standard bottles) of wine or other alcoholic drink containing between 4,7% and 22% alcohol by volume.
    or
  • 1,5 litres of beer or other alcoholic drink containing between 2,5% and 22% alcohol by volume.

Plus:

1,5 litres (equal to two standard bottles) of wine or other alcoholic drink containing between 4,7% and 22% alcohol by volume, if you are 18 years of age or older.

Instead of this, you may choose to bring 1,5 litres of beer or other alcoholic drink containing between 2,5% and 22% alcohol by volume.

Plus:

2 litres of beer or other alcoholic drink containing between 2,5% and 4,7% alcohol by volume, if you are 18 years of age or older.

Provided you do not bring any tobacco, you may bring an additional:

  • 1,5 litres (equal to two standard bottles) of wine or other alcoholic drink containing between 4,7% and 22% alcohol by volume.
    or
  • 1,5 litres of beer or other alcoholic drink containing between 2,5% and 22% alcohol by volume.

Hence, you may for instance bring up to 6,5 litres of beer, if you bring no other alcohol and no tobacco.

You can find out more on bringing alcohol into Norway from the Norwegian Customs office.

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Last updated:  2015-01-21
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