Swedish Politician Criticized Over Gambling Claims During Covid

Sweden's Minister for Social Security has been criticized for making comments about a rise in online betting during the Covid 19 pandemic by a parliamentary committee after the claims were found to not have been cited from reliable sources.

Ardalan Shekarabi made claims about online gaming rising during the pandemic last spring in a press conference that was held to announce restrictions on deposit limits of SEK5,000 per month. During that conference, Shekarabi said, "What we see now is a dangerous cocktail of several circumstances that risk the increase of problem gambling and gambling addiction.

"The picture of this problematic situation is further strengthened when we see the gambling statistics available. Here, there are indications of increased gambling on the most dangerous games."

The Konstitutionsutskottet annually reviews the performance of Sweden's government, and they found that the Minister's claims may have been inaccurate, citing findings from Svenska Spel that didn't corroborate what he said.

Those deposit limits on betting have been extended multiple times after they were implemented, and are currently slated to run through at least November.

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Dustin Jermalowicz
Dustin has a long-standing passion for gambling. He has been writing professionally on the subject and breaking industry news for Casino Listings since 2011. His favorite casino games include Blackjack, Poker, and Hi/Lo. A proud native of Detroit, Dustin currently lives in Michigan.

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