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    Ah yes, the beloved business hours regulation which is so complicated that only specially trained lawyers can navigate them. And even they have a hard time.

    Actually, bakeries always were allowed to sell bread and dairy products on Sundays, but today … oh, this will take far too long to explain in a coherent way, and please don’t expect any logic in all of this.

    But basically we are talking lobbying by retailers here and as retail has been concentrated to supermarket chains, legislators have become more liberal.

    And there is no risk that I will go hungry in Odense on a Sunday. At least if I remember to shop before 5pm

    http://www.netto.dk/internet/nettodk/menu/main.nsf/web/storesSunday

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    Good to know that you won’t starve…

    When I lived in Berlin, you could buy a bottle of wine (at any dner laden) on a Saturday evening, while you were legally prohibited to buy a bottle of milk. The opposite holds for Sweden, and I always thought that this example said quite a lot about the two countries different approaches to social engineering (but maybe it just testifies to different ideas about what constitutes a fun Saturday evening).

    But what many people, especially Danes and Swedes, misunderstand about Sweden is that the country is extremely laissez-faire in these respects. Sweden rarely gets due credit for that, I think.

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    Exactly how the Germans got their reputation for being rational, always wondered me.

    And as you say, Sweden is more permissive or laissez-faire in many respects than most people think. So here’s to Allemansrtten and Friggeboderna, for starters.

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