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.

The Sundvolden Statement sets out that the Solberg Government wishes to uphold the established objectives of Norwegian gaming policy: “The Government will continue a policy that safeguards the needs of persons addicted to gaming and ensures that income from gaming benefits good causes.”

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 conduct. In addition, regulation of the gaming market is intended to facilitate lotteries and gaming as a good source of income for sports, culture, humanitarian and socially beneficial causes. Revenues from Totalisator Betting are a source of income for the horse industry and horse breeding. These objectives are incorporated  in the Gaming Act, and equivalent objectives are set out in the Lottery Act and in the Regulation on Totalisator Betting.

The largest gaming activities in Norway are currently offered under an exclusive rights model. Norsk Tipping has the exclusive right to offering gaming, and Norsk Rikstoto to offering totalisator betting.

The Ministry of Culture is responsible for the governance of Norsk Tipping AS. This model 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 existing exclusive rights model is primarily governed by three general objectives:

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

However, under Norwegian gaming policy responsible gaming is the prime objective.