Fill it up in Oslo


Is drunkenness a Western invention? © IOGT-DNT Oslo

One evening a month »Påfyll« is the place to go in Oslo, for those who want to meet friends in sober environments. »Påfyll«, which means something like »fill-up« is a café run by young IOGT people/old Juvente people and started up in the beginning of 2008. First as a project that would last a half year, but now it looks like it will become a permanent offer. The thought behind it was to gather people in a drugfree environment, giving a meeting place for younger members of IOGT, than the usual meetings in the organisation, but also try to attract others not member of any abstainer organisation. The events are a combination of being social and having some sort of program.

This year the guests have varied from minister of Justice, Knut Storberget, who talked about the governments effort to curp domestic violence, and two representatives from FORUT who talked about their work in Malawi. There has also been a debate evening about Norway’s relations to the European Union, and a lecture about the drug situation in Sri Lanka. Some evenings have been cultural like when the café guests themselves were challenged to show what they can, and there has been a board-game evening.

The place which is rented for the event is also usually an alcoholfree place, so the menu of alcoholfree alternatives is excellent. Last time before Christmas naturally had a Christmas theme, with some old-fashion traditions.

The café will continue its events once a month also in 2009, and the program for winter and spring will soon be up on

posted by Jan Tore Evensen