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Wednesday, 01.10.2014, 21:16
Illegal vodka market in Estonia amounts to 20-23%
Head of the Estonian Institute of Economic Research Marje Josing said that buying illegal vodka is clearly related to people's income level – for example, in 2007, during the economic boom, the market share of illegal vodka was only 10%.
"If you have money, you go to the store and purchase a bottle of legal vodka," said Josing.
The Institute's statistics indicated it is increasingly possible to buy illegal vodka directly from other people and less from bars and pubs.
While in 1998, one fifth of buyers purchased illegal alcohol in bars or pubs, today this share has decreased almost to zero, while the person-to-person sale on streets has increased from 5% to 42%.