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Finland to up alcohol tax

18 November, 2008
The Finnish government plans to hike alcohol tax by 10 percent in a bid to discourage heavy drinking

The Finnish government plans to hike alcohol tax by 10 percent in a bid to discourage heavy drinking.

Finland's government plans to make the changes next year and this will be the second time tax has been upped since September 2007, when health officials said alcohol had become the most common cause of death in Finland.

In 2005, the government cut alcohol tax by more than 40%, to discourage 'booze cruises' to Russia and Estonia. Since then, health statistics have shown increased binge drinking.

The Finance Ministry said the measure will take effect in January 2009.