Two Swedes were arrested by Norwegian police for smuggling more than 250kg of butter into the country. They had already delivered one consignment for approximately $40 a package. They had arranged a number of deliveries before crossing the border in their small van.
A sudden spike in demand has left Norway with a 1,000 ton shortfall just as the Christmas baking season has arrived, causing prices to spiral. Swedes soon began posting ads offering to deliver butter from across the border for as much as $75 a package, still a better price than is being offered on line where prices approach $350 for just over a pound of butter.