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Government introduces temporary responsible gambling measures
The Government has adopted a temporary ordinance on responsible gambling measures targeting forms of gambling with particular risks, such as online casinos and slot machines.
“As a result of the prevailing pandemic, we’re seeing a mix of circumstances that, taken together, create great risks regarding gambling. These must be offset. With these measures, the Government is strengthening protection for Swedish consumers,” says Minister for Social Security Ardalan Shekarabi.
Serious financial consequences have followed in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak with increased risk of unemployment, sick leave and financial uncertainty. The pandemic thus increases the risk of mental ill health as well as gambling problems and greater indebtedness.
The ordinance adopted today contains temporary provisions stating that the deposit limit for gambling on online casinos may not exceed SEK 5 000. A corresponding loss limit will apply when gambling on slot machines.
It will also be mandatory for players to set limits on gambling time when gambling on online casinos and slot machines, and bonuses offered by licence holders operating online casinos and slot machines may not exceed SEK 100.
The temporary ordinance will enter into force on 2 July and expire at the end of 2020.