Sweden: Drinks all round
Before Sweden became a member of the European Union (EU), Sweden had two monopolies on alcohol. First, a wholly state-owned company held the import monopoly on all alcoholic beverages to Sweden, and second, Systembolaget (the Swedish Alcohol Retail Monopoly), a wholly state-owned company, was the holder of the alcohol retail monopoly in Sweden. After Sweden became a member of the EU on 1 January, 1995, only the second, the retail sale monopoly, survived.
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