Beer up to 5.5% will arrive in grocery stores in 2018. Picture: Olvi

IFrom the beginning of 2018, proper beer can be bought from the grocery stores across the country. The alcohol content of beer will be raised from 4.7% to 5.5%!

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The Grand Committee accepted the majority vote of the parliament on Friday, where 98 MPs voted for stronger beer and 94 would have wanted it to remain on the high shelves of the Finnish alcohol monopoly, Alko.

Many of the naysayers referred to the health risks that are apparent with problem users.

But for the occasional beer hedonist, the trip to the corner store, kiosk or supermarket will be well worth it.

Editor’s note: Minister of Family Affairs and Social Services Annika Saarikko has confirmed that the stronger beer will arrive in grocery stores on January 1, 2018.

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