You know you're in Denmark when… (Kids and Booze)

You know you’re in Denmark when…  You have to be 18 years old to buy ciggies.  But you can buy alcohol at the tender age of 16! 

Yep, in Denmark, ‘still-at-school-16-year-olds’ can go into a supermarket or kiosk (newsagent) and legally buy alcohol.  Providing it’s less than 16.5% proof.  Which would be most wines, beer and alcopops…

But – hic – you want to enjoy a cognac with your cigar?  Sorry – you’re going to have to wait until the grand old age of 18!

Skål!  Med sodavand!  (Cheers!  With a soda!)

Diane 🙂



1 thought on “You know you're in Denmark when… (Kids and Booze)”

  1. I understand that the alcohol age-based purchase rules originated long ago, so that a busy or indolent urban Danish parent could simply send their child around to the local shop and pick-up wine for diner, or beer for the menfolk. However modern Danes have their heads in the sand, or somewhere even darker, to think that a 16-year old in the Brugsen is buying booze for their mother or father. I suppose drunk junior teens in public spaces is just one of the ugly facts of life that more regimented expats have to tolerate and endure as part of the price of living in the lille land.

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