In Sweden you cannot get liquor in just any store. You have to go to a government shop, SYSTEMBOLAGET. This is how the monopoly is explained: "The first alcohol monopoly ever started in the mid 1800s in Sweden. It worked so well that the model was spread all over the country."
Once a year, a special limited assortment is sold and I was amazed to see these people line up early outside a SYSTEMBOLAGET on a hot and steamy Monday morning in August.
|Some had waited for hours.|