The Swedish Gaming Authority Receives New Assignments to Fight Criminal Activity and Strengthen Consumer Protection

December 29, 2023 | illegal gambling

The government gives Spelinspektionen new tasks in the regulation letter for 2024 to combat unlicensed gambling activities and match-fixing and to strengthen consumer protection in the gambling market.

Start page Regeringen.seStockholm, Sweden (December 22, 2023) — During the past year, the government has taken several measures to strengthen Swedish gambling regulation. The Swedish Gaming Authority has, for example, received additional tools to counter unlicensed gambling activities. The authority’s grant for 2024 will also be increased by SEK 10.8 million to strengthen supervision of the gambling market and expand work against illegal gambling and match-fixing.

The government is now giving the Gambling Inspectorate the task of developing supervision of the gambling market as well as work against unlicensed gambling activities and match-fixing. The Swedish Gaming Authority’s assignment must be reported by March 31, 2025 at the latest.

– The government has given the Swedish Gambling Authority better conditions to sharpen supervision and develop work against unlicensed gambling and match-fixing. It is important to maintain strong consumer protection in the gambling area and to combat criminal activity, says Minister of Financial Markets Niklas Wykman.

The government also tasks the Gambling Inspectorate with developing the method for calculating the degree of channelization in the Swedish gambling market, as well as mapping the factors behind the increase in young people’s gambling and how such gambling is financed. The assignments must be reported no later than 1 October 2024 and 31 January 2025, respectively.

Explanation of concepts

The degree of channelization, i.e. the proportion of Swedes’ gambling that takes place within the licensing system, is a way of describing the extent of public control over the gambling market.

SOURCE: Press release from the Ministry of Finance

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