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Systembolaget to bring booze to Swedes’ offices

After its home delivery trials failed to created a stir, Sweden’s state-run liquor store monopoly Systembolaget announced on Friday that it would be trialing delivery to customers’ work places.

Systembolaget to bring booze to Swedes' offices

“It’s no surprise to see there’s been quite a lot of interest so far,” said Lennart Agén, spokesman of Systembolaget to the Metro newspaper.

The chain has been running home delivery services since November in Sollentuna, north of Stockholm, but the idea has been yet to take off.

In fact, there have only been 100 requests for home delivery since the concept was launched, despite a recent expansion into nearby suburbs Bromma and Johanneshov.

Undeterred, the chain is expanding into working life and planning to bring alocholic drinks to Swedes on the job.

However, the details are yet to be finalized.

“There are still no decisions as to how many areas in each county will be included,” Agén told the paper.

The idea is that office-bound Swedes will be able to make an order for their drinks from the comfort of their workplace for only a small surcharge.

If the chain suspects any foul play with people re-selling their booze, Systembolaget is also prepared to take action.

“If we suspect illicit alcohol sales we have the right to take back the goods,” Agén said.

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Swedes warned: Vodka won’t protect you from the coronavirus

Sweden's state-run alcohol chain Systembolaget has advised customers not to buy its spirits as a substitute for hand sanitiser.

Swedes warned: Vodka won't protect you from the coronavirus
Stockholmers queuing outside Systembolaget before Easter. Photo: Henrik Montgomery/TT

One of the best ways of avoiding the new coronavirus and prevent its spread is to wash your hands often with soap and water, according to the Swedish Public Healh Agency.

If you don't have access to soap or running water, hand sanitiser is the next best option, but the product has been flying off the shelves as shoppers try to get their hands on a bottle.

Sweden's state-owned alcohol chain Systembolaget has been forced to put up signs in several of its stores informing customers that alcohol such as vodka and gin does not work as a substitute for hand sanitiser.

“NOT HAND SANITISER,” read the signs.

“We have had a few questions from customers and have put up signs in those stores,” said Systembolaget press officer Therese Elmgren.

“But it is not possible, just as the signs say. The percentage (of alcohol) needs to be higher.”

An alcohol concentration of at least 60 percent is needed for disinfectant to be effective in killing viruses or bacteria. Absolut Vodka, to use an example of a popular Swedish vodka brand, has an alcohol concentration of 40 percent.

However, some of the ingredients are the same, and during the coronavirus crisis Absolut has adapted parts of its manufacturing in order to produce pure alcohol which can be used for cleaning purposes, instead of vodka for consumption. This pure alcohol then needs to be mixed with gel, manufactured separately, to create usable sanitiser for the healthcare sector.

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