Swedish parliament approves more liberalised online gambling legislation

News on 8 Jun 2018

The Swedish gambling reform bill that will open up the online market in the Nordic nation was approved Thursday in parliament on a vote of 282 vs. 19 against.

The bill will introduce a licensing system for online gambling with a tax rate of 18 percent of gross gambling revenue, and comes into force on January 1 next year, with licensing applications accepted from August 1 2018.

The new law also introduces a central register for responsible gaming that allows customers to exclude themselves from all licensed gaming operators in the Swedish market.

Secondary legislation is still being scrutinised by the European Commission and additional rules and regulation are still expected from the Swedish Gambling Authority.

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