Nordic alcohol statistics are produced annually in cooperation between the Nordic statistic authorities. The statistics represent standardised data on alcohol sales, consumption, distribution, prices and some alcohol-related harms.
The levels and long-term developments of recorded alcohol consumption differ between the Nordic countries, and no common trend can be seen. The 2007 statistics show that the level of consumed alcohol per capita was highest in Greenland, followed by Denmark and Finland, and lowest in Norway. A long-term analysis shows that recorded consumption of alcohol has increased in Finland, Iceland and Norway, and declined in Denmark, Sweden and Greenland.
During recent decades, the consumption of strong alcoholic beverages decreased in the Nordic countries. In the 2000’s it has increased in Finland and Denmark. Wine consumption has experienced a steady growth in all Nordic countries. The consumption of beer has decreased in Denmark and increased in Iceland. In the other countries, it has remained substantially unchanged.
Real prices of alcoholic beverages have declined in all Nordic countries. The money spent on alcohol by consumers was in Denmark DKK 14.3 billion (app. EUR 1.9 billion), in Finland EUR 4.1 billion, in Norway NOK 24.1 billion (app. EUR 3.0 billion), and in Iceland ISK 20.9 billion (app. EUR 0.2 billion), according to the latest figures available. The share of expenditure on alcohol in total expenditure on household consumption has decreased in all those countries for which the figures are available. State revenues from alcohol have also decreased in all Nordic countries.