Norwegian Action Plan Against Gaming Problems 2022 – 2025
OSLO, Norway (August 2022) — The new action plan against gambling problems for the period 2022-2025 is the sixth in a row since 2005.
The action plans ensure that long-term, systematic and targeted prevention work is carried out on gambling problems in the Norwegian population. Long-term also means that many existing measures is further developed and continued.
The action plans also ensure access to new and increased knowledge of gambling behaviour, while at the same time that treatment and other support services are being developed.
The following target groups for the planning period 2022- 2025 is given particular priority:
• Children and young people
• Younger adult men
• Relatives and families
• Vulnerable groups in social situations, e.g. those with low income, students, and inmates
• Exposed groups in vulnerable situations, e.g. in case of illness and previous problem gambling
For many Norwegians, gambling is a harmless activity leisure activity that contributes to the excitement and creates room for dreams. For certain others, gambling is an activity characterized by a lack of control and great personal tragedies.
The government wants the Norwegian population to have the opportunity to experience the positive sides of gambling. It is nevertheless important that this takes place within a safe framework where consideration for the vulnerable players is put before profit. Norway’s gambling policy is therefore guided by accountability considerations, where the main goal is always prevention gambling problems and other negative consequences of gambling.
The latest population survey shows that the number of problem gamblers in Norway has increased in the period 2015-2019. One of the reasons is believed to be the increased use of mobile phones for gambling. The corona pandemic has also contributed to an acceleration of
digitization in society and an increasingly large one share of gambling now takes place digitally. Digital development will continue in the future and requires the government to work actively to ensure that the negative aspects of gambling are limited as possible in the Norwegian population.
The action plan for the period 2022-2025 is the sixth in a row since 2005. Unlike previous action plan periods that have been three years are this the first plan that extends over a period of four years? The extension of the period contributes so that the government can work more long-term both when it comes to preventive measures, the acquisition of knowledge, and the development of good help services against gambling problems in the Norwegian population.
Norway has a long tradition of tackling gambling addiction seriously, and the government will ensure that this continues. The new action plan directs a stronger spotlight on generating knowledge and mapping the extent of damage caused by gambling problems. This knowledge will be important in the government’s work with continuing a responsible gambling policy that limits the societal harmful effects of gambling addiction to a minimum.
SOURCE: Culture and the Ministry of Gender Equality