Norway tidies up gambling legislation

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Norway is sticking implacably to its monopolistic stance gambling. Fresh legislation is proposed by its Ministry of Culture that will see the 1992 Gambling Act, the 1995 Lottery Act and the 1927 Totalistor Act all combined so that gaming in the Scandinavian country is updated and watertight.

Running most of Norway’s gambling currently is Norsk Tipping and Norsk Rikstoto, both of which will be placed under closer government guidance subject to the Ministry of Culture. Even appointments to their boards will have to get the nod from the ministry. But with three bodies running Norwegian gambling, the Ministry of Culture, the Lottery Committee and the Ministry of Agriculture and Food, anomalies may occur. Now the Ministry of Culture would have the final say.

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The gambling regulator, the Lotteritilsynet, will gain extra powers over key issues such as internet gambling.

The plan is backed by the Minister of Culture and Gender Equality, Abid Raja, who said that the proposal by the Ministry of Culture would enable a more comprehensive perspective on gambling policy. It would also act as a foil to problem gambling.

From now until September 28 a consultation process is under way for interested parties to comment.

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