Harry tour, what the h*** is that!? You may ask yourself. Harry is a name, right? Yes, it is. However, not in this this meaning.
A harry-trip to Sweden is something most Norwegians do once in a while.
Though I am embarrassed to admit it, I have been doing it several times myself, in my life.
To explain, a harry-tour, is a trip Norwegians do over to the neighbouring country Sweden, to buy meat, candy, cigarettes and alcohol. Or whatever other cheap crap they will find when they are there. Sweden does not have as many or high taxes as we do in Norway. Hence buying these products is a lot cheaper in Sweden.
Therefore, it is very common that Norwegians travel to the border towns to do their shopping and go back again the same day.
That being said, being harry or going on a harry-tour is not seen as a positive thing in Norway. The first name Harry is usually used in Norwegian slang as an adjective to characterize a person or act as vulgar, flavorless, rude, or unsophisticated.
Despite this, people continue to invade the shopping centers of Sweden near to the Norwegian boarder. There, they fill up their cars of goods and drive back home. It is so popular, that we even have a TV-show about this.
Anyway, it is not only Sweden Norwegians are travelling to for buy cheaper products. Denmark is also a popular destination for this.
I also know that citizens from countries do the same. In Switzerland they travel to Germany for buy goods. So do the Danish.
That being said, a harry-trip is not just about saving money. Often people do these trips for show a “political selection” – a communication to the government that the taxes are too high in their own country.
In your country, do people travel over the border for buy cheaper products? What do you think about these kind of trips?
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