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Shopping hours

Customs and regulations for shopping hours (times that shops are open) vary from country to country.

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1 Netherlands
2 Shopping days
3 Ramadan
4 External link


In the Netherlands each town has the evening of either Thursday or Friday designated as shopping evening. In most cases it is Thursday. Towns for which it is Friday include:

On regular evenings most shops close at 6 p.m., but supermarkets often at 8 or 9, sometimes 10 p.m. Many towns have one or more little supermarkets that are open until later in the evening, occasionally all night. A regular size supermarket that is open until midnight seven days a week is Food Village at Schiphol Airport (before customs, hence not only for air travellers).

Shopping days

In some countries most shops are closed on Sundays. In Islamic countries some shops are closed on Fridays. In Israel many shops are closed on Friday evening and Saturday during daytime.

Each state in Australia sets its own standard trading hours, but in most of the country the shops are open seven days a week for at least part of the day.

For some shops and other businesses Christmas Day is the only day in the year that they are closed.

In the US a shop may e.g. be open all days of the year except Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and Easter Sunday.


In Islamic countries shops may have special opening hours during Ramadan.

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