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Norway – Norway retains its gaming status quo

By - 23 December 2016

Norway has decided to keep its current stance on gaming with Norsk Tipping and Norsk Rikstoto retaining a monopoly.

The Norwegian government has confirmed that it will not liberalise the country’s gambling market or offer licences to private operators, instead choosing to strengthen the existing monopoly.

Norwegian Culture Minister Linda Helleland said: “I am proud to present the Government’s white paper on responsible and active gaming and betting policy. The white paper represents the first fundamental and integrated review of the gaming and betting sector since 2003. It describes the major developments in the sector in recent years and sets out a positive, forward-looking policy for this area. The white paper describes a comprehensive, robust model for the regulation of gaming and betting that addresses the challenges presented by technological developments The primary aim is to minimise undesirable gaming and betting behaviour by ensuring that lotteries and gaming and betting services are offered in safe and responsible forms.”

“The Government has concluded that the current model, under which state-owned entities have a monopoly on the provision of most gaming and betting services, is best suited to achieving the aim of responsible service delivery,” she added. “The proposals will reinforce the monopoly model and the services on offer through several new measures to protect the regulated providers Norsk Tipping and Norsk Rikstoto.”

There is likely to be a new gaming act though with the government wanting to draw all its gaming, betting, lotteries and totalisator legislation into a single new act.

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