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Buying alcohol in stores



Beer can be purchased in supermarkets at a cost of NOK 10-16 for a 0.33l bottle. Supermarkets stop selling beer after 8pm each day, 6pm on Saturdays, and 3pm on holiday weekends. It is not possible to buy beer in a shop on a Sunday. It is illegal to drink in public areas. You will usually only get a warning if spotted by a police officer, but if you behave impolitely or he/she is having a bad day you can get a fine of NOK 1500. However, in public parks during summer, laws are not enforced as strictly. Good places to go for a park beer is Sofienbergparken and Kuba at Grünerløkka, Frognerparken in Majorstua, or the park at St. Hanshaugen, on a hill with great view located between Grünerløkka and Majorstuen.

Hard liquor or wine can only be bought at international airport terminals or state-owned shops called Vinmonopolet. Vinmonopolet outlets are open Mon-Fri till 6PM, Sat till 3PM, Sun closed. Some of the central Vinmonopolet outlets in Oslo are:


- Oslo Central Station, beneath the staircase leading down to Trafikanten

- In the basement of Oslo City shopping centre

- In the Steen og Strøm shopping centre, close to Karl Johans gate

- Rosenkrantzgate 11, close to Grand Hotel, Karl Johans gate

- In the House of Oslo shopping centre, Vika (tram 12 to Vikatorvet)

- Thereses gate, Bislett (near Bislett stadium, trams 17 and 18)



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