Norway: Gaming monopoly may be repealed

The Norwegian Government has recently appointed a committee which shall report on the consequences if the Norwegian lotteries and gaming monopoly were to be repealed. The committee shall amongst others consider whether if one were to introduce a license arrangement for gaming companies to operate lotteries and money gaming in Norway, would lead to increased gambling addiction in Norway. An important part of the work will consist of charting the present arrangements in Denmark, Sweden, Finland and the UK. It is desirable to look at experience gained in these countries and consider positive and negative consequences of the schemes that these countries have chosen.

The aim of the work is to arrive at an arrangement whereby that gambling on the Internet which is already directed at Norwegian citizens can be brought into regulated forms.

If a license scheme is introduced, foreign gambling companies will also be able to apply for a license in Norway.