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A consultative and facultative referendum on whether Norwaymarker should continue prohibition was held on October 18, 1926. A partial prohibition had been effective since 1917, and a 1919 referendum lay a ban on spirits and dessert wine.

Partially caused by pressure from Francemarker, who saw their export of alcoholic beverages drop, a referendum was organized to decide whether prohibition should be continued. Popular support for the prohibition dropped in all counties. It was overwhelmingly rejected in and around Oslomarker, as well as in other urban areas like Bergenmarker. As a result, the law was abolished and prohibition brought to an end. The nationwide results were as following:

  • Continue prohibition — 44,3 %
  • Discontinue prohibition — 55,7 %

Results by county

County Continueprohibitionvotes (%) County Continueprohibitionvotes (%)
Østfoldmarker 42.8 Akershusmarker 17.1
Oslomarker 13.0 Hedmarkmarker 24.0
Oppland 39.9 Buskerudmarker 26.4
Vestfold 28.3 Telemarkmarker 53.4
Aust-Agdermarker 66.0 Vest-Agdermarker 69.0
Rogalandmarker 73.1 Hordalandmarker 70.9
Bergenmarker 32.8 Sogn og Fjordanemarker 71.3
Møre og Romsdalmarker 77.2 Sør-Trøndelagmarker 48.1
Nord-Trøndelagmarker 59.0 Nordlandmarker 50.6
Troms 56.7 Finnmarkmarker 52.0


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