Sweden Proposes Breaking Up Gambling Monopoly

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This week the government of Sweden proposed breaking up it's state owned monopoly on gambling services, allowing for potential licensing of operators in the popular betting market.

The government has had a monopoly in place since 1934, which has expanded from land casinos to lottery systems, and more recently, online betting. Breaking up the monopoly would allow offshore groups like Kindred (Unibet) and Betsson to officially offer games in the country, bringing in tax revenues in the process. The proposal would see operators paying an 18% tax rate on gross gaming revenues, bringing a healthy amount of money to the state.

Sweden has been working for years to find ways to liberalize the market within the country's borders, while working to comply with EU regulations.

A statement by the government proposal read, "The now proposed gambling legislation means that anyone active in the Swedish gambling market should do so with a valid license and that actors without licenses will be shut out."

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11 April 2018 - 8:34am

That's what we (the players) all want to see at our local gambling markets, being opened for all the leading brands which would make our choice quite richer.
From that perspective I think that's the right move from the Sweden government more so a useful one for the state itself.
I'm sure brands like Kindred Group would be exited to hear that because as Dustin mentioned above Sweden is a very popular and one of the leading European markets really.