Social Issues – If Paula Dean intends to visit Scandinavia any time soon, she may want to reschedule. The current butter shortage has taken a
churn turn for the worse.
After Norwegians consumed their entire nation’s supply of butter, the price of butter skyrocketed and everyone’s favorite spread became a hot commodity in the auction circuit. A 250 gram piece of butter on Norway’s top auction website had a starting price of $13.
As if that isn’t crazy enough, two Swedish men were arrested recently for attempting to smuggle 550 pounds of butter across the border. The butter was separated into 18 oz. packets which the Swedes were looking to sell for $40 each; total profit would have been nearly $20,000. That’s a lot of bread for a lot of butter.
“They have confessed that they have bought butter in Sweden to sell at a profit in Norway,” legal counsel Amund Sand told Norwegian newspaper Adresseavisen.
The butter smugglers are just two of many trying to make some money during the butter crisis of 2011. Butter giveaways, trades, and trafficking are the new norm in Scandinavia. Won’t somebody please think of the children?