Lotteries and gaming
The Ministry of Culture has the overarching responsibility for the administration of gaming and lotteries in Norway, with the exception of horse racing and horse trotting. The Norwegian Gaming and Foundation Authority is the specialist administrative and supervisory body. The major gaming activities in Norway are currently offered within an exclusive rights model. Norsk Tipping has the exclusive right to offer the largest forms of gaming and the Ministry of Culture is responsible for the governance of Norsk Tipping AS.
Norway’s gaming policy
The Government will continue its policy of safeguarding the needs of persons addicted to gaming and of ensuring that income from gaming is held for the benefit of good causes.
Supervision, control and monitoring
The Gaming Authority was established in 2001 as a supervisory body for the administration and control of private lotteries and state controlled gaming. The Norwegian Parliament’s intention was to strengthen control with the growing gaming and lotteries market in Norway at the turn of the millennium.
The role of Norsk Tipping
Norsk Tipping is a government-owned limited company that holds exclusive rights to a number of games being offered in Norway.
The Government will retain the current regulatory model that gives Norsk Tipping and Norsk Rikstoto a monopoly on the provision of gaming and betting services. No new licensing scheme will be introduced for foreign gaming and betting companies.
The most important documents are bills (propositions), white papers, hearing documents and Official Norwegian Reports (NOUs). (These documents are primarily available in Norwegian.)