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An expert on Islam has suggested that Norwegians could improve integration by removing beer, wine and spirits from the Christmas party table.

Lars Gule, a researcher on extremism and Islam, told broadcaster NRK that one way Norwegians could contribute to the integration of people from foreign countries would be to pay more attention to the fact that many Muslims don't drink alcohol.

"Food habits and customs surrounding alcohol can create barriers. Many [Muslims] would never even set foot in a bar because it is a place that serves alcohol," Gule said.


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