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Swedes in Norwegian butter smuggling bust

Swedes in Norwegian butter smuggling bust

Published: 19 Dec 2011 11:04 GMT+01:00
Updated: 19 Dec 2011 11:04 GMT+01:00

Police in Norway apprehended two Swedish men over the weekend with more than 250 kilogrammes of butter after they reportedly had been trying to sell contraband spread at 250 kroner ($42) a packet.

“They allegedly sold the coveted butter packets in Beitstad Steinkjer before they drove north along the county road 17. Then they were stopped by a police patrol, which found 250 kilogrammes of butter in the small van,” said police officer Lars Letnes of the Nord-Trøndelag Police District to Norwegian daily Adresseavisen.

The men had reportedly driven into Norway via the Swedish ski resort Storlien, one kilometre from the Norwegian border, on the night to Saturday.

With them they had brought 250 kilogrammes of butter in 500 gramme packets.

On Saturday evening, police were tipped off about the crafty butter salesmen and were able to apprehend them around 7pm.

Both men were taken in for questioning.

According to Adresseavisen, the two men soon admitted to being in Norway to turn a profit from the Norwegian butter shortage.

”They have confessed that they have bought butter in Sweden to sell at a profit in Norway. They were hoping to make some money from selling butter to Norwegians,” said legal counsel Amund Sand to the paper.

According to Hilde Petterson Ruud, at the border control, the incident is unusual but not unexpected.

”We have heard of black market prices, and it was not a surprise that this happened,” Pettersson Ruud said to Adresseavisen.

Norwegian radio reported on how Norwegians flock over the border themselves and purchase their much need butter in Swedish stores.

On the other side of the Svinesund bridge, separating Norway from Sweden, they are selling twenty times as much butter as they normally do. And nine out of ten butter customers are reportedly Norwegian.

Maybe this had some impact on why, despite the prevailing butter shortage in the country, the men had not been able to unload their overpriced stock.

Sand told the paper that as the butter had not been declared at customs, it will be seized by police and destroyed, no doubt to the horror of many spread-hankering Norwegians.

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14:41 December 19, 2011 by BrittInSweden
Why would they even stop this?

Heck, why aren't the Norwegian supermarkets importing it from Swedish suppliers?

Its butter not drugs. Sheeeesh.
19:07 December 19, 2011 by philster61
Guess even though there is a shortage, the insular commies still want the monopoly......

19:10 December 19, 2011 by just a question
They won't import because of the hard importation laws. And because of the few Norwegian multinationals that control all that you find in the Norwegian supermarkets. At the same time, it's not that Norwegians farmers are rich, no, quite the opposite, they abandon their farms because it's not worth it to have cows or produce whatever.
19:34 December 19, 2011 by spo10
I bet all these butter shortage issues will die down after the holiday season.
21:43 December 19, 2011 by J Jack
just stop eating butter, plain and simple.
03:06 December 20, 2011 by xexon
This is so funny, it has to be true.

Maybe their asking price was a crime but not the product???

"Destroyed"? Why not donate it to a food bank or something? Don't be a butter nazi.

05:21 December 20, 2011 by RobinHood
If some shady Swede tries to sell you butter, just say no. It,s probably not real butter anyway. Fear not, the Norwegian government will never rest in its war against butter.
17:25 December 21, 2011 by J Jack
Fernleaf - Fernleaf - Fernleaf - yummy! Butter butters better!
15:09 January 7, 2012 by bobatbmat

this all sounds like hans christian anderson to me (yes i know hes danish)

question ican buy butter at around 6 euros a kilo in my local cash and carry in england, anyone want to go into the butter trade as i recon i could deliver it to sweden for a total of 15euros a kilo and still be in profit, then you could sell it to the norwegians contact me oon bobatbmat@yahoo.co.uk if you dont think the idea is to ridiculous

love bob
15:37 January 7, 2012 by Rick Methven

As butter in Sweden costs €5.50 a kilo in the supermarket and there is plenty of it. at €15 a kilo, you are going to be left with a butter mountain all on your own
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