Barents Observer "And the further north you go, the more frequent are the toasts." By Atle Staalesen
'In Finland, people in the
northernmost region of Lapland consume almost 30 percent more alcohol
than the national average. In 2012, the average per person consumption
of pure alcohol in the region amounted to 10,7 liters, which is two
liters more than in the neighboring region of Kainuu and almost three
liters more than in Northern Ostrobotnia (Oulu), figures from the
National Institute of Health and Welfare show.
'In Russia, figures on distilled
beverages show a similar situation with far higher consumption in
northern regions compared with the national average. In Murmansk Oblast,
the average per person consumption in 2012 amounted to 17,20 liters.
Consumption is the highest in the Nenets Autonomous Okrug, where per
person consumption of distilled alcohol in 2012 amounted to 25,8 liters
and in the Komi Republic where the figure was 24,1 liter. The Russian
national average pure alcohol consumption was 15,6 liters per person
'Norway and Sweden do not have
regional figures on alcohol consumption. However, national figures from
the countries’ statistical offices show a consumption of 6,21 and 9,20
liters of pure alcohol per person respectively in year 2012.'