Brexit is a fact for the United Kingdom. But did you know that some of the best countries to live in according to the UNITED NATIONS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME are outside of the European Union? And the fact that Norway is the only country where the giant Lidl has left a market? Rema 1000 got the Lidl stores and is still doing very fine since 2008, they are leading together with Kiwi and Coop Extra as the “cheaper” ones.
Also, the ICA supermarket chain from Sweden tried to compete but had to leave the Norwegian grocery market too. They are all saying that they are cheap, but everyone in Norway knows that this is a big lie because there are millions of Norwegian going to Sweden for buying food that is 50 to 90 percent cheaper.
This is how it is to live outside of EU for most of the people in Norway
In this article, I want to inform you how it is to live in Norway that is known for having the best living standards in the world. Because we don’t have thousands of choices when we buy food at the usual “cheaper” grocery stores that we have here. So With Brexit going on. I wanted you to know how it is to live in a country outside of the EU with just 1000 different grocery products to buy on a daily basis for most of the people. It is at least cheaper than eating dinner in a restaurant though, but the divorce is lacking. So Norwegian breakfast and dinner is almost the same all year round.
If we want to have a bigger choice, then the prices for the groceries are doubled. Yes, grocery stores such as Jacobs, MENY, Coop Mega and SPAR are all 3 to 5 kroner more expensive on all grocery stores except for times in a year when they have really low prices for 1-2 weeks. I am totally sure that someone in Norway is earning a huge amount of money because were not part of EU. We had an election back in 1994 but the majority of the voters voted no.
Norwegians buy almost anything in Sweden
I have been to the huge Supermercados in Spain, Germany, France, and Poland to name a few European Union countries. In these huge stores, the pricing is the opposite then here. They are cheaper than the smaller ones. But in Norway, it is not like that.
When we travel over the border to Sweden we can visit lots of huge stores that are only built for Norwegians to visit as they sell way more than 1000 different products. Norwegians love to buy a lot there. So, people in Northern Ireland will go to Ireland now for shopping? Maybe. Staying outside means you can have more control over what types of food you want to import or export but at the same time the prices for grocery products will increase a lot.
In the Norwegian stores here. The cheapest stores got only about 1000 different groceries. You have maybe 1-2 different types of milk companies selling milk. The same goes for meat, cheese, bread, chocolate or anything. The only thing that we have lots of variation is in fact frozen pizzas.
So if you are celebrating Brexit. The United Kingdom might get into the same situation? But then you will need to do a lot with your tax system. In Norway, people pay a lot of taxes for a welfare state. It means that the whole population when they work. They pay hospitals, doctors, schools and other parts when they work. In return, such services are very cheap.
So now you know a little bit more about how it is to be outside of the EU. Even though we are an oil nation that earns a lot on it. It will be interesting how the deal for UK citizens will be with the EU now.