Finland Beer

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Today in 1917, Finland gained their Independence from Russia.

Finland
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Guild: Panimoliitto

National Regulatory Agency: National Product Control Agency for Welfare and Health

Beverage Alcohol Labeling Requirements: Follows Eu Regulations

Drunk Driving Laws: BAC 0.05% [Note: 0.12% (aggravated). The penalty is a fine or jail up to 6 months plus license suspension from 1 month to 5 years. For aggravated, also a prison sentence (60 days to 2 years) is possible, usually as a suspended sentence. Routine breath testing without a probable cause is permitted and often practiced. Penalties vary by level of intoxication.]

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  • Full Name: Republic of Finland
  • Location: Northern Europe, bordering the Baltic Sea, Gulf of Bothnia, and Gulf of Finland, between Sweden and Russia
  • Government Type: Republic
  • Language: Finnish (official) 91.2%, Swedish (official) 5.5%, other (small Sami- and Russian-speaking minorities) 3.3%
  • Religion(s): Lutheran Church of Finland 82.5%, Orthodox Church 1.1%, other Christian 1.1%, other 0.1%, none 15.1%
  • Capital: Helsinki (Helsingfors)
  • Population: 5,262,930; 116th
  • Area: 338,145 sq km, 65th
  • Comparative Area: Slightly smaller than Montana
  • National Food: Mämmi
  • National Symbol: Lion, Whooper Swan, Brown Bear, European perch, Ladybird; Lily of the Valley; Birch, Silver Birch; Finland’s Lion, Nordic Cross
  • Affiliations: UN, EU
  • Independence: From Russia, December 6, 1917

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  • Alcohol Legal: Yes
  • Minimum Drinking Age: 18 (for possession and purchase of <22% a.b.v.) 20 (for possession and purchase of ≥22% a.b.v.) (18 for all in bars and restaurants) [Note: Age limits apply to purchase and possession. Police may search minors in public places and confiscate or destroy alcoholic beverages. Adults are responsible for alcohol use by minors in private; offering alcohol to a minor is a punishable offense if it results in drunkenness and is inappropriate with regard to the minor's age, maturity and other circumstances.]
  • BAC: 0.05%
  • Number of Breweries: 36

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  • How to Say “Beer”: olut, kalja, pikkutekijä / slang: olvi
  • How to Order a Beer: O-loot moolek kee-tos
  • How to Say “Cheers”: Kippis / Kippis Terveydeksi (“to your health”) / Maljanne (“a toast to you sir”)
  • Toasting Etiquette: N/A

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Alcohol Consumption By Type:

  • Beer: 46%
  • Wine: 23%
  • Spirits: 28%
  • Other: 3%

Alcohol Consumption Per Capita (in litres):

  • Recorded: 9.72
  • Unrecorded: 2.80
  • Total: 12.52
  • Beer: 4.59

WHO Alcohol Data:

  • Per Capita Consumption: 9.7 litres
  • Alcohol Consumption Trend: Increase
  • Excise Taxes: Yes
  • Minimum Age: 18
  • Sales Restrictions: Time, location, specific locations, intoxicated persons
  • Advertising Restrictions: Yes
  • Sponsorship/Promotional Restrictions: Yes

Patterns of Drinking Score: 3

Prohibition: 1919 to 1932 in Finland (called kieltolaki, “ban law”) [In 1919, Finland enacted prohibition, as one of the first acts after independence from the Russian Empire. Four previous attempts to institute prohibition in the early 20th century had failed due to opposition from the tsar. After a development similar to the one in the United States during its prohibition, with large-scale smuggling and increasing violence and crime rates, public opinion turned against the prohibition, and after a national referendum where 70% voted for a repeal of the law, prohibition was ended in early 1932.]

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Ireland Beer

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Today in 1921, Ireland gained their Independence by treaty with the United Kingdom.

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Guild: Irish Brewers Association; Beoir (consumer group)

National Regulatory Agency: Food Safety Authority of Ireland

Beverage Alcohol Labeling Requirements: Follows Eu Regulations

Drunk Driving Laws: BAC 0.05% [Note: 0.05% generally or 0.02% for learner drivers, newly qualified drivers (those who have their license for less than two years) and professional drivers, and those who do not have their driving license on them when stopped by the Gardaí (police). Police do not need a reason to request a breath sample. Being convicted of drunk driving usually carries a 2 year ban as well as a €1500 fine.]

ireland

  • Full Name: Ireland (Eire)
  • Location: Western Europe, occupying five-sixths of the island of Ireland in the North Atlantic Ocean, west of Great Britain
  • Government Type: Republic, parliamentary democracy
  • Language: English (official, the language generally used), Irish (Gaelic or Gaeilge) (official, spoken mainly in areas along the western coast)
  • Religion(s): Roman Catholic 87.4%, Church of Ireland 2.9%, other Christian 1.9%, other 2.1%, unspecified 1.5%, none 4.2%
  • Capital: Dublin (Baile Átha Cliath)
  • Population: 4,722,028; 119th
  • Area: 70,273 sq km, 120th
  • Comparative Area: Slightly larger than West Virginia
  • National Food: Colcannon, Irish Stew
  • National Symbol: Irish Wolfhound, Irish Setter, Irish Elk; Shamrock; Sessile Oak; Celtic harp called a cláirseach (official), harp on coat of arms etc. (official), Celtic Cross; Harp
  • Affiliations: UN, EU
  • Independence: By treaty from the UK, December 6, 1921 / Declared, April 24, 1916 / Ratified, January 21, 1919

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  • Alcohol Legal: Yes
  • Minimum Drinking Age: 18 [Note: It is illegal for minors to buy alcohol, to attempt to buy it for minors or to consume alcohol in a public space in Ireland. Those under 18 may consume alcohol in a private residence when permission is given from a parent or guardian. It is illegal to purchase alcohol for anybody under the age of consent without permission from their guardians. Alcohol can be sold in stores only between 10:30 and 22:00 on weekdays and Saturdays or 12:30 and 22:00 on Sundays.]
  • BAC: 0.08%
  • Number of Breweries: 20

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  • How to Say “Beer”: beoir / leann (lionn)
  • How to Order a Beer: Byohr awoyn, lyeh doh hull
  • How to Say “Cheers”: Sláinte / Guid forder! (“good luck”) [Ulster-Scots]
  • Toasting Etiquette: Common Toasts

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Alcohol Consumption By Type:

  • Beer: 53%
  • Wine: 20%
  • Spirits: 19%
  • Other: 8%

Alcohol Consumption Per Capita (in litres):

  • Recorded: 13.39
  • Unrecorded: 1.00
  • Total: 14.39
  • Beer: 7.04

WHO Alcohol Data:

  • Per Capita Consumption: 13.4 litres
  • Alcohol Consumption Trend: Stable
  • Excise Taxes: Yes
  • Minimum Age: 18
  • Sales Restrictions: Places, intoxicated persons
  • Advertising Restrictions: Some
  • Sponsorship/Promotional Restrictions: Some (sales promotions)

Patterns of Drinking Score: 3

Prohibition: None

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Albania Beer

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Today in 1912, Albania gained their Independence from the Ottoman Empire.

Albania
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Guild: None Known

National Regulatory Agency: None

Beverage Alcohol Labeling Requirements: Not Known

Drunk Driving Laws: BAC 0.01%

albania

  • Full Name: Republic of Albania
  • Location: Southeastern Europe, bordering the Adriatic Sea and Ionian Sea, between Greece in the south and Montenegro and Kosovo to the north
  • Government Type: Parliamentary democracy
  • Language: Albanian (official: derived from Tosk dialect), Greek, Vlach, Romani, Slavic dialects
  • Religion(s): Muslim 70%, Albanian Orthodox 20%, Roman Catholic 10%
  • Capital: Tirana
  • Population: 3,002,859; 137th
  • Area: 28,748 sq km, 145th
  • Comparative Area: Slightly smaller than Maryland
  • National Food: Tavë Kosi
  • National Symbols: Double-headed eagle; Red Poppy; Olive; castle of Kruja, Crown of Skanderbeg
  • Affiliations: UN, NATO
  • Independence: From the Ottoman Empire, November 28, 1912

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  • Alcohol Legal: Yes
  • Minimum Drinking Age: None
  • BAC: 0.05%
  • Number of Breweries: 14

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  • How to Say “Beer”: birrë
  • How to Order a Beer: Një birrë, ju lutem
  • How to Say “Cheers”: Gëzuar / Shëndeti tuaj
  • Toasting Etiquette: N/A

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Alcohol Consumption By Type:

  • Beer: 33%
  • Wine: 19%
  • Spirits: 47%
  • Other: 1%

Alcohol Consumption Per Capita (in litres):

  • Recorded: 4.58
  • Unrecorded: 2.10
  • Total: 6.68
  • Beer: 1.61

WHO Alcohol Data:

  • Per Capita Consumption: 4.6 litres
  • Alcohol Consumption Trend: Increase
  • Excise Taxes: Yes
  • Minimum Age: 18
  • Sales Restrictions: No
  • Advertising Restrictions: Product placement
  • Sponsorship/Promotional Restrictions: Sales promotions

Patterns of Drinking Score: 3

Prohibition: None

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Poland Beer

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Today in 1918, Poland proclaimed themselves a Republic.

Poland
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Guild: The Union of Brewing Industry Employers in Poland / Polish Brewers

National Regulatory Agency: Agricultural Market Agency (Agencja Rynku Rolnego)

Beverage Alcohol Labeling Requirements: Poland follows EU Regulations

Drunk Driving Laws: BAC % Varies Note: 0.02% (driving license banned from six months up to three years, prison up to one month), 0.05% (driving license banned from 1 year to 10 years, prison up to two years). Limits and penalties for riding the bicycles are same as for motorized vehicles. Almost half of people imprisoned for drunk driving were riding bicycles.

Poland

  • Full Name: Republic of Poland
  • Location: Central Europe, east of Germany
  • Government Type: Republic
  • Language: Polish (official) 97.8%, other and unspecified 2.2%
  • Religion(s): Roman Catholic 89.8% [about 75% practicing], Eastern Orthodox 1.3%, Protestant 0.3%, other 0.3%, unspecified 8.3%
  • Capital: Warsaw (Warszawa)
  • Population: 38,415,284; 33rd
  • Area: 312,685 sq km, 70th
  • Comparative Area: Slightly smaller than New Mexico
  • National Food: Bigos; Pierogi; Kotlet schabowy; Żurek
  • National Symbols: White Eagle; corn poppy; Alder; the old Castle; Vistula River
  • Affiliations: UN, EU, NATO
  • Independence: Republic proclaimed, November 11, 1918 / Notable earlier dates: The adoption of Christianity, traditional founding date, A.D. 966 / Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth created, July 1, 1569

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  • Alcohol Legal: Yes
  • Minimum Drinking Age: None (to drink); 18 (to buy) [Note: Section 15.1 Clearly states that buyers must be at least 18 and prove it with ID if they look like they may not be at least that age. According to the International Center for Alcohol Policies, as of February 2007, the minimum age for alcohol consumption is 18 years of age.]
  • BAC: 0.02%
  • Number of Breweries: 68

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  • How to Say “Beer”: piwo
  • How to Order a Beer: Yed-no peev, proshe
  • How to Say “Cheers”: Na zdrowie / Vivat
  • Toasting Etiquette: Expect frequent toasting throughout the meal. The host offers the first toast. Do not begin drinking until your host has proposed a toast to everyone at the table. If your host stands when proposing a toast, so should you. Toasts are only made with hard liquor (generally vodka). You should reciprocate with your own toast later in the meal. If you propose a toast it is important to maintain eye contact. You may also toast your hosts or the success of the business venture. The most common toast being “Na zdrowia!” (pronounced nah ZDRO-vee-ah, meaning “To your health!”). Alcohol is served in small glasses so you can swallow in one gulp.

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Alcohol Consumption By Type:

  • Beer: 56%
  • Wine: 13%
  • Spirits: 31%

Alcohol Consumption Per Capita (in litres):

  • Recorded: 9.55
  • Unrecorded: 3.70
  • Total: 13.25
  • Beer: 4.72

WHO Alcohol Data:

  • Per Capita Consumption: 9.6 litres
  • Alcohol Consumption Trend: Increase
  • Excise Taxes: Yes
  • Minimum Age: 18
  • Sales Restrictions: Places, intoxicated persons
  • Advertising Restrictions: Yes
  • Sponsorship/Promotional Restrictions: Yes

Patterns of Drinking Score: 3

Prohibition: None

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Czech Republic Beer

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Today in 1918, the Czech Republic, then Czechoslovakia, gained their Independence from Austria-Hungary.

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Guild: Research Institute Of Brewing; Czech Beer & Malt Association

National Regulatory Agency: Ministry of Agriculture,
Food Production Department

Beverage Alcohol Labeling Requirements: EU Regulations

Drunk Driving Laws: BAC 0.00%

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  • Full Name: Czech Republic
  • Location: Central Europe, between Germany, Poland, Slovakia, and Austria
  • Government Type: Parliamentary democracy
  • Language: Czech 94.9%, Slovak 2%, other 2.3%, unidentified 0.8%
  • Religion(s): Roman Catholic 26.8%, Protestant 2.1%, other 3.3%, unspecified 8.8%, unaffiliated 59%
  • Capital: Prague (Praha)
  • Population: 10,177,300; 84th
  • Area: 78,867 sq km, 116th
  • Comparative Area: Slightly smaller than South Carolina
  • National Food: Vepřo knedlo zelo (roast pork with dumplings and sauerkraut); Svíčková
  • National Symbols: Double-tailed Lion (Bohemia), Eagle (Moravia and Silesia); linden; Vltava (Bohemia), Morava (river) (Moravia)
  • Affiliations: UN, EU, NATO
  • Independence: Czechoslovakia split into the Czech Republic and Slovakia, January 1, 1993; Note: although January 1 is the day the Czech Republic came into being, the Czechs generally consider October 28, 1918, the day the former Czechoslovakia declared its independence from the Austro-Hungarian Empire, as their independence day

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  • Alcohol Legal: Yes
  • Minimum Drinking Age: 18
  • BAC: 0.00%
  • Number of Breweries: 127

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  • How to Say “Beer”: pivo
  • How to Order a Beer: Pivo, pro-seem
  • How to Say “Cheers”: Nazdar or Na zdraví (“to your health”)
  • Toasting Etiquette: The most common toast is “Na zdravi!” which means “to your health,” upon which each person clicks glasses with everyone at the table. Make eye contact with each person you click glasses with, or you will be considered rude.

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Alcohol Consumption By Type:

  • Beer: 57%
  • Wine: 16%
  • Spirits: 24%
  • Other: 3%

Alcohol Consumption Per Capita (in litres):

  • Recorded: 14.97
  • Unrecorded: 1.48
  • Total: 16.45
  • Beer: 8.51

WHO Alcohol Data:

  • Per Capita Consumption: 15 litres
  • Alcohol Consumption Trend: Stable
  • Excise Taxes: Yes
  • Minimum Age: 18
  • Sales Restrictions: Specific events, intoxicated persons
  • Advertising Restrictions: Some
  • Sponsorship/Promotional Restrictions: No

Patterns of Drinking Score: 3

Prohibition: On September 14, 2012, the government of the Czech Republic banned all sales of liquor with more than 20% alcohol. From this date on it is illegal to sell (and/or offer for sale) such alcoholic beverages in shops, supermarkets, bars, restaurants, gas stations, e-shops etc. This measure was taken in response to the wave of methanol poisoning cases resulting in the deaths of 18 people in the Czech Republic. Since the beginning of the “methanol affair” the total number of deaths has increased to 25. The ban remains until further notice, though restrictions were eased towards the end of September.

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Austria Beer

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Today in 1955, Austria had their sovereignty restored.

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Guild: Verband der Brauereien Österreichs (Brewers Association of Austria)

National Regulatory Agency: Federal Ministry for Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management (BMLFUW)

Beverage Alcohol Labeling Requirements: See European Union Regulations

Drunk Driving Laws: BAC 0.05% [Note: 0.01% for drivers who have held a licence for less than 2 years and drivers of vehicles over 7.5 tonnes]

austria

  • Full Name: Republic of Austria
  • Location: Central Europe, north of Italy and Slovenia
  • Government Type: Federal Republic
  • Language: German (official nationwide) 88.6%, Turkish 2.3%, Serbian 2.2%, Croatian (official in Burgenland) 1.6%, other (includes Slovene, official in Carinthia, and Hungarian, official in Burgenland) 5.3%
  • Religion(s): Roman Catholic 73.6%, Protestant 4.7%, Muslim 4.2%, other 3.5%, unspecified 2%, none 12%
  • Capital: Vienna
  • Population: 8,219,743; 94th
  • Area: 83,871 sq km, 114th
  • Comparative Area: Slightly smaller than Maine
  • National Food: Tafelspitz, Wiener Schnitzel
  • National Symbol: Eagle (Bundesadler); Edelweiss; Black Eagle wearing broken chains
  • Affiliations: UN, EU
  • Independence: Restoration of sovereignty, October 26, 1955, celebrated as a National Day, commemorating the passage of the law on permanent neutrality / Republic proclaimed, November 12, 1918 / Margravate of Austria established, 976 / Duchy of Austria founded, September 17, 1156 / Austrian Empire proclaimed, August 11, 1804

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  • Alcohol Legal: Yes
  • Minimum Drinking Age: 16 (18 for distilled beverages in some areas {Note: Upper Austria, Salzburg and Tirol prohibit the consumption of distilled beverages below the age of 18, while Carinthia and Styria prohibit drinks containing more than 12% or 14% of alcohol respectively in this age bracket. Carinthia also requires adolescents to maintain a blood alcohol level below 0.05%, Upper Austria prohibits “excessive consumption”, and Salzburg prohibits consumption that would result in a state of intoxication. Prohibitions in Vienna, Burgenland, Lower Austria and Vorarlberg apply only to alcohol consumption in public. Vienna also prohibits the consumption of alcohol in schools by those under the age of 18.]
  • BAC: 0.05%
  • Number of Breweries: 119

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  • How to Say “Beer”: bier
  • How to Order a Beer: Ein Bier, bitte
  • How to Say “Cheers”: Auf ihr wohl / Prosit
  • Toasting Etiquette: Traditionally, the host of the meal or event will initiate proceedings with a toast. Until then, no one should raise a glass. The host will lift his or her glass while making eye contact with the most senior guest and say Prost! The guest of honor should reply with a toast of thanks at the end of the meal or event.

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Alcohol Consumption By Type:

  • Beer: 53%
  • Wine: 32%
  • Spirits: 13%
  • Other: 2%

Alcohol Consumption Per Capita (in litres):

  • Recorded: 12.60
  • Unrecorded: 0.64
  • Total: 13.24
  • Beer: 6.70

WHO Alcohol Data:

  • Per Capita Consumption: 12.6 litres
  • Alcohol Consumption Trend: Stable
  • Excise Taxes: Yes
  • Minimum Age: 16
  • Sales Restrictions: Intoxicated persons
  • Advertising Restrictions: Yes
  • Sponsorship/Promotional Restrictions: No

Patterns of Drinking Score: 1

Prohibition: None

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Croatia Beer

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Today in 1991, Croatia gained their Independence from Yugoslavia.

Croatia
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Guild: None Known

National Regulatory Agency: None

Beverage Alcohol Labeling Requirements: Not Known

Drunk Driving Laws: BAC 0.05%; Zero for professional drivers and drivers under 24 years of age, 0.05% for all others.

croatia

  • Full Name: Republic of Croatia
  • Location: Southeastern Europe, bordering the Adriatic Sea, between Bosnia and Herzegovina and Slovenia
  • Government Type: Presidential/parliamentary democracy
  • Language: Croatian (official) 96.1%, Serbian 1%, other and undesignated (including Italian, Hungarian, Czech, Slovak, and German) 2.9%
  • Religion(s): Roman Catholic 87.8%, Orthodox 4.4%, other Christian 0.4%, Muslim 1.3%, other and unspecified 0.9%, none 5.2%
  • Capital: Zagreb
  • Population: 4,480,043; 123rd
  • Area: 56,594 sq km, 127th
  • Comparative Area: Slightly smaller than West Virginia
  • National Food: Jota and Strukli
  • National Symbols: Dalmatian, Marten; Iris croatica; Slavonian Oak; Checkerboard (šahovnica), Croatian wattle; Chequy; red-white checkerboard
  • Affiliations: UN, NATO
  • Independence: From Yugoslavia, Independence Day, October 8, 1991 Note: June 25, 1991 was the day the Croatian parliament voted for independence; following a three-month moratorium to allow the European Community to solve the Yugoslav crisis peacefully, Parliament adopted a decision on October 8, 1991 to sever constitutional relations with Yugoslavia

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  • Alcohol Legal: Yes
  • Minimum Drinking Age: 18 (to drink); 21 (to buy)
  • BAC: 0.05%
  • Number of Breweries: 22

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  • How to Say “Beer”: pivo
  • How to Order a Beer: N/A
  • How to Say “Cheers”: Uzdraulje or U zdravlje / Zivjeli
  • Toasting Etiquette: N/A

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Alcohol Consumption By Type:

  • Beer: 37%
  • Wine: 47%
  • Spirits: 15%
  • Other: 1%

Alcohol Consumption Per Capita (in litres):

  • Recorded: 12.61
  • Unrecorded: 2.50
  • Total: 15.11
  • Beer: 4.66

WHO Alcohol Data:

  • Per Capita Consumption: 12.6 litres
  • Alcohol Consumption Trend: Stable
  • Excise Taxes: Yes
  • Minimum Age: 18
  • Sales Restrictions: Places, specific events, intoxicated persons
  • Advertising Restrictions: Yes
  • Sponsorship/Promotional Restrictions: No

Patterns of Drinking Score: 3

Prohibition: None

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Portugal Beer

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Today in 1143, Portugal gained their Independence from the Kingdom of Leon.

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Guild: APCV-Portuguese Brewers Association

National Regulatory Agency: General Directorate for Inspection and Control of Food Quality (Direcção Geral de Fiscalização e Controlo da Qualidade Alimentar)

Beverage Alcohol Labeling Requirements: Labels must include the following information: Name under which the product is sold (No trademark or brand name may substitute for the generic name, but may be used in addition; Net quantity of pre-packaged beverage in metric units (e.g., liter, centiliter, milliliter); Indication of the acquired alcoholic strength; The labeling of beverages containing more than 1.2% by volume of alcohol must indicate the actual alcoholic strength by volume, i.e. showing the word “alcohol” or the abbreviation “alc.” followed by the symbol “% vol.”; Date of minimum durability; According to the Commission Directive 87/250/EEC on the indicationof alcoholic strength by volume, the tolerances allowed in respect of the indication of the alcoholic strength by volume are; 1% vol. for beers having an alcoholic strength exceeding 5.5 % vol. and beverages classified under subheading 22.07 B I of the Common Customs Tariff and made from grapes; ciders, berries, fruit wines, and the like; beverages based on fermented honey.

Drunk Driving Laws: BAC 0.05%

portugal

  • Full Name: Portuguese Republic
  • Location: Southwestern Europe, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean, west of Spain
  • Government Type: Republic; parliamentary democracy
  • Language: Portuguese (official), Mirandese (official, but locally used)
  • Religion(s): Roman Catholic 84.5%, other Christian 2.2%, other 0.3%, unknown 9%, none 3.9%
  • Capital: Lisbon
  • Population: 10,781,459; 77th
  • Area: 92,090 sq km, 111th
  • Comparative Area: Slightly smaller than Indiana
  • National Food: Bacalhau; Cozido à Portuguesa
  • National Symbols: Galo de Barcelos; Cork oak; Belém Tower, Armillary sphere; Armillary sphere, The five Quinas (escutcheons), Cross of the Order of Christ
  • Affiliations: UN, EU, NATO
  • Independence: From the Kingdom of Leon, October 5, 1143 / Republic proclaimed, October 5, 1910

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  • Alcohol Legal: Yes
  • Minimum Drinking Age: 18
  • BAC: 0.05%
  • Number of Breweries: 11

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  • How to Say “Beer”: cerveja
  • How to Order a Beer: Uma cerveja, por favor
  • How to Say “Cheers”: A sua saúde / Saúde (“to your health”) / tim tim
  • Toasting Etiquette: Portuguese people will often toast to health, “Saude!” (pronounced sah-ood), or will merely say “Tchin tchin,” an onomatopoeic toast replicating the sound of glasses clinking.

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Alcohol Consumption By Type:

  • Beer: 31%
  • Wine: 55%
  • Spirits: 10%
  • Other: 4%

Alcohol Consumption Per Capita (in litres):

  • Recorded: 12.45
  • Unrecorded: 2.10
  • Total: 14.55
  • Beer: 3.75

WHO Alcohol Data:

  • Per Capita Consumption: 12.5 litres
  • Alcohol Consumption Trend: Stable
  • Excise Taxes: Yes
  • Minimum Age: 18
  • Sales Restrictions: Places, specific events, intoxicated persons
  • Advertising Restrictions: Yes
  • Sponsorship/Promotional Restrictions: Yes

Patterns of Drinking Score: 1

Prohibition: None

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Cyprus Beer

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Today in 1960, Cyprus gained their Independence from the United Kingdom.

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Guild: None Known

National Regulatory Agency: None

Beverage Alcohol Labeling Requirements: Not Known

Drunk Driving Laws: BAC 0.05%

cyprus

  • Full Name: Republic of Cyprus
  • Location: Middle East, island in the Mediterranean Sea, south of Turkey
  • Government Type: Republic
  • Language: Greek (official), Turkish (official), English
  • Religion(s): Greek Orthodox 78%, Muslim 18%, other (includes Maronite and Armenian Apostolic) 4%
  • Capital: Nicosia (Levkòsia)
  • Population: 1,138,071; 160th
  • Area: 9,251 sq km (of which 3,355 sq km are in north Cyprus), 171st
  • Comparative Area: About 0.6 times the size of Connecticut
  • National Food: Fasolada
  • National Symbols: Cyprus Mouflon, Dove; Cyclamen; Golden oak (Quercus alnifolia); White Dove
  • Affiliations: UN, EU, Commonwealth
  • Independence: From the UK, October 1, 1960 / Turkish Cypriots celebrate Independence Day, November 15, 1983 [Note: Turkish Cypriots proclaimed self-rule on 13 February 1975 and independence in 1983, but these proclamations are only recognized by Turkey]

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  • Alcohol Legal: Yes
  • Minimum Drinking Age: 17
  • BAC: 0.05%
  • Number of Breweries: 5

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  • How to Say “Beer”: bira
  • How to Order a Beer: N/A
  • How to Say “Cheers”: Eis Igian / Stin ijiasas / Jamas / Gia’sou
  • Toasting Etiquette: N/A

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Alcohol Consumption By Type:

  • Beer: 35%
  • Wine: 32%
  • Spirits: 32%
  • Other: 1%

Alcohol Consumption Per Capita (in litres):

  • Recorded: 8.26
  • Unrecorded: 1.00
  • Total: 9.26
  • Beer: 3.25

WHO Alcohol Data:

  • Per Capita Consumption: 8.3 litres
  • Alcohol Consumption Trend: Increase
  • Excise Taxes: N/A
  • Minimum Age: 18
  • Sales Restrictions: Location
  • Advertising Restrictions: Yes
  • Sponsorship/Promotional Restrictions: No

Patterns of Drinking Score: 1

Prohibition: None

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European Breweries Map

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Pop Chart Lab, who have tackled beer before in graphic form, have just released their newest creation, a map of the Breweries of Europe. At their website, it’s an interactive map, and you can also purchase a poster of it. As Charlie Papazian points out (in his Tweet where I learned about the map), it’s “not complete but pretty good.” It’s hard to see the detail when it’s small, but at Pop Chart Lab’s website, the map is interactive, so you can zoom in to see all of the detail.

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