Gaming policy

The Norwegian Government’s 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.

Gaming is a pleasant recreational activity for many, and generates revenues for socially beneficial purposes. The Government will maintain the requirement that revenue from gaming in Norway must be channelled into voluntary initiatives and good causes. Moreover, support schemes must promote the development of voluntary organisations in accordance with their own plans.

The overarching objective for regulation of the Norwegian gaming market is to ensure that lotteries and gaming are offered in safe and responsible forms with a view to limiting undesirable gaming behaviour. A further objective is to facilitate lotteries and gaming as a source of income for sports, culture, humanitarian and socially beneficial causes. These objectives are incorporated into the Gaming Act, and equivalent objectives are set out in the Lottery Act and the Regulations relating to Totalisator Betting.

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 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.