Norway is a state in northern Europe, located on the Scandinavian Peninsula. More than 5 million people live in the country. Norway is the largest oil and gas producer in Northern Europe. Norwegians are strict in many things, including gambling.
Is gambling business legal in Norway?
Only two state-owned companies are involved in casino in Norway. Only some areas of the gambling business are allowed in the country.
At the same time, Norway is known for professional poker players. Recently, the woman and youngest player ever to receive the World Series of Poker bracelet, has become famous.
Features of gambling legislation in Norway
The gambling companies that legally allowed in Norway made the age limit for gambling is 18 years. Those younger than this age are only allowed scratch cards. Interestingly, citizens are allowed to hold gambling parties at home – as long as this does not turn into busness.
How are Norwegian lotteries regulated?
Lottery and other gambling on the Internet in Norway have always been regulated very strictly. According to the Norwegian code of 1902, only those games that were offered by holders of special licenses of competent organizations were legal.
As a result, in fact, the games were banned, and illegal operators were punished severely.
The legislative acts that followed later softened the situation a little:
- In 1927, the Totalisator Act was released;
- In 1992 – Gaming Act;
- In 1995 – Lottery Act
These laws gave the state a monopoly on gambling. The 1927 Act laid the foundation for the legalization of horse racing, which was controlled by the Ministry of Agriculture.
Regulation 1992 issued Norsk Tipping exclusive rights to the lottery and football bets. The role of the supervisory authority is the Ministry of Culture and Church.
The 1995 Act was more general and described all kinds of lotteries and games. He allowed social institutions to organize gambling, for the benefit of society.
Modern gambling industry in Norway
With all these restrictions, Norway is in third place in terms of the number of players in Europe. Many online casinos and sites serve Norwegians who want to gamble.
Bingo in Norway became popular in the 1960s. Norsk Bingo AS supports 30 bingo halls. Although the game is not as popular as in English-speaking countries, it still has quite a few admirers. Online bingo is controlled by Norsk Tipping. The same company offers the game Extra, which is similar to bingo.
Mobile casinos online
There are no mobile casinos in Norway. Players are forced to use the services of foreign services. The mobile market in the country is highly developed, everyone has a mobile one, and 6 out of 10 have a smartphone or tablet. A significant share of traffic can go to foreign mobile casinos.