Gaming in Norway

The Norwegian gaming policy is founded on social responsibility. It seeks to safeguard the needs of persons addicted to gaming while also ensuring necessary adaptation to technological developments.

These objectives are incorporated into the Gaming Act.

Major gaming activities in Norway are currently marketed under an exclusive rights model. Norsk Tipping has the exclusive right to deliver gaming services, and Norsk Rikstoto to offer totalisator betting. The Ministry of Culture and Equality is responsible for the governance of Norsk Tipping AS. This arrangement is intended to ensure sound public supervision and management of the gaming market. 

In addition, organisations and associations may be granted a licence to hold private lotteries.

Norwegian gaming policy and the exclusive rights model reflect three general, primary objectives:

  • Prevention of problematic gaming behaviour
  • Prevention of financial irregularities
  • Limitation of private profit

Nevertheless, the primary objective of Norwegian gaming policy is to ensure responsible gaming.