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Norway is located on the Scandinavian Peninsula and borders Sweden to the east and Finland and Russia to the northeast. The climatic conditions are not suitable for wine growing. There are also large, prohibitive restrictions on alcohol consumption. Wine and spirits can be bought only in the special state sales outlets "Vinmonopolet". In supermarkets you can only buy beer, at petrol stations no alcohol at all. Restaurants and cafés require a liquor license to sell alcohol. The minimum age to buy beer and wine is 18 years, for spirits 20 years. Very popular are berry wines from Crowberrys (norw. Krekling), which are also flavoured with herbs. The national drink (Viking drink) is the "Mjød" made from honey and herbs, produced in the style of mead.

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