The different gambling licenses
According to the Swedish Gambling Act, Spelinspektionen can hand out six different types of licenses. The six different types of licenses are as follows:
A license that can only be granted to a company that is directly or indirectly owned by the state.
Games for non-profit purposes
A license that can only be granted to a non-profit association or organization or a registered religious community whose main purpose is to promote charitable goals.
Commercial online gambling
Can be granted to anyone who has an online gambling platform, provided that they comply with the rules and regulations set by the authority.
Can be granted to bookmakers who offer betting services, regardless of whether they take place in an online casino or a local casino. Betting includes everything from sports betting to any other odds-based bets.
Local commercial gaming
Can be granted to any company that does gambling outside of a casino. For example, poker tournaments, casinos in restaurants or clubs, or machines where only physical prizes can be won.
Gambling on ships or in international traffic
Can be granted to any company where games of chance take place on slot machines or classic casino games that do not take place online or in a fixed location.
The general goal and tasks
The Swedish Gaming Authority has an overarching goal. In order to achieve this goal, it has drawn up a guideline and then formulated general tasks. The main focus is to create a safe gambling market, in which the demand for gambling (online and offline) is met in a controlled manner and a society in which a social safety net can be used when necessary.
The goal can be summarized in three points:
- Keeping consumer interests in mind and ensuring that the risk of social harm from gambling is reduced.
- Work on a healthy and safe gambling market.
- Reduction of the range of illegal games and lotteries.
In order to achieve this mission and, therefore, the overall goal, four overarching tasks were formulated. These are as follows:
- Granting permission for all licensed games that are played for money in Sweden.
- Have overall responsibility for controlling gaming and lottery activities.
- Inform and educate about the legislation relating to games and lotteries.
- Inform the government about the developments in the Swedish and global gambling market.