39% of Estonians bought alcohol outside their country
With the alcohol excise in Estonia being considerably higher in than in its neighbouring Baltic country, Latvia, it has been found in a poll that close to 40% of Estonians have either purchased alcoholic beverages in Latvia or asked compatriots to buy some for them over the past 12 months.
Estonian public broadcaster ERR reports on Thursday, April 19, that the price of alcoholic drinks and Estonia’s high excise duty on the beverages has actively debated over the past few months in Estonia.
A new opinion poll by sociology researcher Turu-uuringute AS now provides statistics, and shows that over the past year a total of 39% of Estonian residents purchased less costly alcohol in shops in Latvia.
The statistics include people, who have travelled with the purpose of shopping on the other side of the southern Estonian border and also consumers, who asked others to buy and ring alcohol from Latvia for them.