The majority does not want open stores on Sundays

Grocery storeAlthough the most recent survey shows that Norwegians prefer that stores stay closed on Sundays, the government still wants to go ahead and change the law.

The government is facing a uphill battle when they plan to work towards open stores on Sundays.

More than half of respondents, 58 percent, say that it would be wrong to give grocery stores the opportunity to stay open, according to a recent survey conducted by Respons on behalf of Aftenposten.

Currently, only stores that are less than 100 square meters are allowed to remain open on Sundays and holidays.

"LO (The Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions), NHO (The Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise), the employees and the people are against this. To have one day per week that is different, that contributes towards more peace and quiet is very positive. I don't think Norwegians want even more commercial pressure," says leader of the Christian Democrats, Knut Arild Hareide.

More than eight out of ten voters for the Christian Democrats are against open stores on Sundays. Among people who vote for the Conservative Party and the Progress Party the majority is also against extended opening hours.

Still, the Conservative Party wants to go ahead with their proposal, which has been one of the party's core issues.

"It is obvious that this has been an important case for us, for the sake of the consumers," says Svein Harberg, spokesperson for the Conservative Party.As opposed to Hareide, Harberg thinks that it should be up to each person individually to decide when they take a break from shopping.

"We will continue to work with Parliament in order to find the majority we need in the cases that we want to push through. We have other parties that support us in this, but we will have conversations with the Christian Democrats too, although we know they are skeptical."

Harberg informs that the party will start working on these changes in January.

(Aftenposten) 

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