Law on betting and gambling in Sweden
Sweden's gambling law is relatively liberal. Sweden is a very popular country for gambling enthusiasts around the world. This for a simple reason, most forms of online gambling and betting are legal. In the Nordic country you can play casino games, sports betting, slot games, lotteries as well as online games. Slot machines and mini-games halls are also quite common in Sweden. Companies that operate "offshore" are also an option that can be accessed quite easily, without much hassle and consequences.
Casinos and other options
In terms of casinos, there are only 4 main casinos in the whole territory of Sweden. They all have the same name, Casino Cosmopol. These casinos are quite large and are located in each of the 4 major cities of the country. All these entities are owned by the state operator Svenska Spel. In fact this operator owns more than half of the entire gambling and betting market in the country. In addition to casinos in Sweden are quite widespread and scratch games and lotteries. The options for the latter are numerous. Bingo is also a very popular game in the Nordic state.
Online options are also quite diverse. Here you can choose between licensed operators, but also those who do not own a license. The latter are not considered illegal as there is no specific legislation stipulating this. However, the players who choose this alternative do not have the support of the authorities for the problems they may encounter. The most common online games are roulette, online poker and video slots.
The minimum age to gamble in Sweden is specific depending on the game. To play online sites, game halls and place sports and lottery bets, the minimum age is 18. The situation changes when it comes to casinos. Players must have turned 20 in order to attend these subjects.
Regarding the measures against those who break the law, it can be said that the local government has focused more attention on the operators that provide the services, than the players. All gambling providers should give their players the opportunity to set up breaks in their online accounts. The rules for license status and earnings reporting are also quite strict. Taxes are also relatively high for these operators, up to 20%. Players in turn must take care to respect the minimum age. In case of evidence of violation of this rule, the fines are quite high.
The future of gambling in Sweden
The future looks positive for the gambling industry in Sweden. The only real problem that exists in the Nordic state is the somewhat exclusionary policy that the government has applied to private companies, favoring the domestic monopoly Svenska Spel. Recently prestigious gambling operators are exerting their constant pressure on the local government. This is done in order to provide more opportunities to these entities.