Retail sales of alcoholic beverages are subject to licence. You must apply for, and be granted, a license before you can begin retail sales of alcohol. The licence is specific to the retailer and the premises. The retail licence entitles the licence holder to sell alcoholic beverages produced through fermentation that contain a maximum of 4.7 % alcohol by volume.
The retail trade licence is granted, on written application, by the Regional State Administrative Agency in whose area of operation the retail premises are located.
The retail sale of beverages exceeding 4.7% alcohol by volume is reserved for the State Alcohol Monopoly (Alko Inc).
If alcohol is sold to passengers onboard a Finland-registered vehicle operating between Finland and other countries, the operator must submit a written notification to Valvira before commencing sales.
Providing guidance on alcohol licensing and supervision to the Regional State Administrative Agencies forms part of Valvira’s tasks. Through guidance, we seek to ensure that legislation is consistently applied throughout Finland.