The traditional summer pasttime of peeling and eating fresh boiled shrimps looks set to be much more expensive this season, along with most other food in Norway.
An invasion of jellyfish in Norwegian waters has made life difficult for shrimp catchers, and there also seems to be far fewer shrimp in local waters. A kilo of fresh shrimps at the market square in Leirvik on the island of Stord, in western Norway, cost NOK 159 (USD 25) this week, reported news bureau NTB.
Researchers told NTB that shrimp stocks hit a record high level in 2007 but have declined every year since. In Bergen, local seafood retailers had to import shrimp from northern Norway to meet demand.
Meanwhile, new figures from the state statistics bureau SSB confirm that Norway has the highest food prices in Europe, by a wide margin. Switzerland and Denmark claimed second and third place respectively in the study by SSB and Eurostat.
Norway has the highest prices for such basic commodities as milk (currently about USD 2.20 per quart), cheese and eggs, which now cost around USD 6.30 a dozen.
Food prices in neighboring Sweden were calculated at 40 percent lower than Norwegian prices, which explains why many Norwegians continue to drive over the border to go shopping.