Systembolaget woes

October 31, 2009

in Cultural differences,Stockholm,Travels

Robert and I are having a Halloween party tonight. So this morning we got up early to get things organized, go to the grocery and go to Systembolaget to get wine and beer. As we are walking toward the stores, Robert comments on how quiet it is out. And then we come to our first stop: Systembolaget. And it is closed. Big problem. Especially since we are having a party and there is no where else we can buy this stuff.

Given that neither of us is Swedish, we did not think about Systembolaget being closed today for alla helgons dag or halloween. (It is not a holiday in the US or Australia.) Since the state controls the purchase of alcohol, the only place you can buy wine and liqour is at Systembolaget. You can buy low alcohol beer at the grocery, but none of the good, higher stuff.

After we got home, we got calls and text messages from friends that were bringing drinks to the party and they had the same problem as us. So it is kind of funny in a pathetic kind of way tha we all goofed up. Thank goodness we have some alcohol in our liquor cabinet. Just let me know when you are ready for your Halloween cocktail . . .


1 Kezia October 31, 2009 at 19:51

Now that would never happen in NYC. There is always something open, even if only for part of the day. Eat, drink, and be merry, and make money off of people’s merriment! Now American small towns can be an entirely different story. Glad you had a stocked bar! Have fun!

2 James November 8, 2009 at 13:10

I once had a similar problem while living in Wagga Wagga and hosting a dinner party on Good Friday. It’s a universal problem!

3 Kylie November 13, 2009 at 10:28

Knock knock, anyone home!!!!!

4 Cristina November 15, 2009 at 14:59

We had the same problem…my husband and I went to the Systembolaget in the Hortoget…couldn’t believe!

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