Important argument for alcohol excise raises has been Governments need for additional revenues. Excise taxes have been raised for alcohol in August 2015. For spirits +1,7%, wine +9,3%, intermediate products + 10,4%, beer +22,6%. For ciders with absolute alcohol under 6% excise has not been raised. Money was used to finance free meal for 4 th grade pupils.
Additional tax raises have been planned until 2018. Source: Ministry of Finance