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    Some of the strangest of the present day laws concern the sale and consumption of liquer.

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    Some of the strangest of the present day laws concern the sale and consumption of liquer.

    Strict opening and closing times govern the sale of alcohol in Great Britain and Australia, liquer licences are issued in Canada to govern the sale of spirits.

    But one of the strangest laws operates in Sweden. Here, a would-be drinker must order a meal before he will be served with a drink in any restaurant,and, in many cases, special low-priced sandwiches are prepared and sold as "meals".

    But the rule is firm, "One drink, one meal".

    In addition, none of the liquer stores are allowed to advertise their wares, and, when the thirsty Swede has found the store, the liquer he buys is very expensive.

    But for those who live along the coastline bordering Denmark, there is a perfect answer to the problem.

    Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, thousands of Swedes flock across to Copenhagen - capital of Denmark - on the little ferry boats that ply between Denmark and Malmo, in Sweden.

    On the way, and in the New Harbour of Copenhagen, they can enjoy regulation-free drinking at a much cheaper rate that in their home towns.

    About 13,000,000 people made the trip between Sweden and Denmark during 1957 and at least 5,000,000 of these were just paying an evening visit to Denmark. One of the ferry steamers sold over 9 000,000 bottles of beer alone last year.

    Just how many packets of asprin are sold on the return journey has never been worked out.

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