Cross-border trade in Norway amounted to NOK 4.5 billion (€390 million) between January and June this year, with shoppers making around 2.3 million day trips, according to the latest data from Statistics Norway.
Food And Groceries
Kristin Aasestad, senior adviser at Statistics Norway, added, "This [food and groceries] is the product group where clearly the most money was spent. This corresponded to 44% of all cross-border trade in the first half of the year."
The cross-border trade statistics cover travels and trade that takes place on trips without overnight accommodation.
Moreover, shoppers spent 8% on snuff and 6% on cigarettes and tobacco.
Other popular products include soft drinks, mineral water, chocolate and sweets.
"In addition to shopping, many people also make time for a visit to a cafe, or restaurant, or a hairdressing appointment. Norwegians spent NOK 462 million on café and restaurant visits and other services, and most of this was spent on catering establishments when they were on day trips abroad," Aasestad added.
Cross-border trade increased to NOK 2.6 billion in the second quarter of 2023 from NOK 2.2 billion (€190 million) in the corresponding period last year. It also witnessed 'sharp growth' from NOK 1.9 billion (€160 million) in the first quarter of 2023.
"This is where measures must be put in place, as Denmark harmonises the tax levels on the goods most exposed to cross-border trade with the level in Germany."