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Wed, 10 Feb, 2016 12:20:36 AM
FTimes – STT Report, Feb 10
Passengers transported alcoholic beverages from Estonia at Helsinki West Harbour. File Photo – Lehtikuva.
The National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) on Tuesday said travellers in 2015 imported 72 million litres of alcohol. 
The amount was 7.7 per cent lower from that in the previous year. 
For 100 per cent alcohol, the amount fell by more than four per cent to just over eight litres.
Family Affairs and Social Services Minister Juha Rehula has welcomed the news that the amount of alcoholic beverages imported by travellers fell last year.
“One of our core alcohol policies is about how alcohol comes to Finland from abroad. It is positive news that [the amount fell],” Rehula said.
According to THL, all other categories of imports via travellers fell except for ciders and high-alcohol spirits. 
Imports of strong alcohols grew seven per cent and ciders over half a per cent. Imports of beers, in contrast, fell by 10 per cent.
The most changes were seen in the imports of fortified wines and mixed beverages, which were imported more than a million litres, posting a reduction of over 50 per cent from the previous year.
Travellers imported nearly 51 million litres of brewery products, namely beers, ciders and long drinks, which was more than four million litres less than in the previous year.
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