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Swedish police ready for Norwegian onslaught. Whilst Easter is a traditionally quiet period for some, the residents of Strömstad are preparing for yet another Maundy Thursday coloured by Norwegian hooligans and their noisy cars. Forces in the town just across the border say they are ready to deal with the troublemakers, who traditionally turn the day into a notorious public order issue, and tend to get drunk and vandalise things. Police reinforcements from western Sweden will join Strömstad police helicopters, horse patrols and police dogs this year to tame the noisy Norwegians.

stroemstad, systembolaget, vinmonopolet, drunknorwegians



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Swedish police ready for Norwegian onslaught

Published on Wednesday, 20th April, 2011 at 10:15 under the news category, by Ramona Tancau.

Whilst Easter is a traditionally quiet period for some, the residents of Strömstad are preparing for yet another Maundy Thursday coloured by Norwegian hooligans and their noisy cars.

All kinds of beers
All kinds of beers
Photo: Silvio Tanaka/Flickr


Forces in the town just across the border say they are ready to deal with the troublemakers, who traditionally turn the day into a notorious public order issue, and tend to get drunk and vandalise things.

Police reinforcements from western Sweden will join Strömstad police helicopters, horse patrols and police dogs this year to tame the noisy Norwegians.

Under new rules introduced by the town, Swedish alcohol monopoly Systembolaget will also close for two days, ensuring there will not be a drop to drink.

“Experiences from previous years have shown this has led to less trouble. Their doors will be shut tomorrow and on Good Friday,” Jan Palmblad, Strömstad’sinformation manager tells NRK.

Nevertheless, the official says he still expects 10,000 of Strömstad’s Scandinavian neighbours to make it across the border, as Norway’s state alcohol shops, Vinmonopolet, also remain closed during this period.

Mr Palmblad adds, “Norwegians are always welcome to shop and enjoy themselves here with us, on MaundyThursday too.”

56 arrests were made last year following combined efforts by Norwegian and Swedish police forces, and up to 100 drink-related offences are recorded annually.



Published on Wednesday, 20th April, 2011 at 10:15 under the news category, by Ramona Tancau.

This post has the following tags: stroemstad, systembolaget, vinmonopolet, drunknorwegians.





  
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