Swedish Lotto Monopoly Svenska Spel Raises Gambling Age to 18

Written by John M. on 2009-12-20 at 10:38
Swedish gambling laws - GamingZion
The lottery has been very popular in Sweden for ages. The first wide range lottery was introduced to the Swedish public in 1897, and the Swedes have been gambling ever since. At this point, the lottery market is highly monopolized and run by Svenska Spel.

As is the case with most gambling companies across Europe, Svenska Spel has recently run into conflict with the European Commission regarding some of its rules. The specific rule in question is in regards to the age of gamblers.

Surprisingly enough, in Sweden, minors had a wide range of options to gamble prior to recent developments. The European Commission caught wind of these possibilities, and decided to confront them right away. The EC stated that it feels that Svenska Spel is all about raking in money rather than protecting consumers. To back up its argument, it pointed out that 13 of 22 Svenska Spel games did not have age restrictions.

As a result, Svenska Spel jumped into action, and put out some new rules to show that the business cares about customers. Being that Svenska Spel is government owned, these actions will shed a more favorable light on Swedish gambling law, and a higher degree of legitimization in the eyes of the heavily criticizing European community.

Svenska Spel has now imposed new age restrictions on all of their games. Minors will no longer be able to play on the plentiful gaming machines or purchase lottery tickets. The organization’s information director, Andreas Jansson, claimed that the new age restrictions were intended to simplify things for store owners, who currently have to enforce different age restrictions on different games.

These new age restrictions also apply to gambling sites and online casinos in Sweden. The popularity of internet gambling in Sweden is made possible through the Svenska Spel gambling websites and the plethora of foreign sites that are available to Swedes. Whether on land or online, Swedish minors will, from this point on, have to wait until they are 18 for more opportunities to gamble.

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