Swedish Gambling Authority
The Swedish Gambling Authority, also known as Spelinspektionen or Gaming Inspectorate, is the regulating body for gambling and lottery in Sweden. The authority is responsible for ensuring that the Swedish gaming and gambling market is legal, safe and reliable. Its legal standing is anchored in the Act 2018: 1138, the Act on the Arrangement of Certain Gaming Games 1982: 636 and the Casino Act 1999: 355. The authority is controlled by the Ministry of Finance and its board is appointed by the government.
Their main mission is to provide Swedish players with the required tools for a fair gaming environment and maintain a transparent and balanced gaming market. Further in focus, is the reduction of potentially harmful social effects which gambling may entail. They also aim to combat illegal gambling and lottery operations.
Starting January 2019, any online casino or sportsbook operator who wants to offer their services had to apply for a Swedish licence in addition to their existing licenses be it from the MGA Malta or other authorities. This led to a flurry of activity in the legal departments to meet the stringent requirements set forth in the licensing documentation. With Sweden being one of the major market for online gaming in Europe, many operators took on the additional tax and regulation burden to acquire a Swedish licence. However, numerous brands opted to leave the market for the foreseeable future.
While the utmost part of Swedish players was gambling at MGA licensed online casinos, which offered already a high grade of protection and transparency, the new Spelinspektionen licence will provide them with complete peace of mind. Non-licensed sites will not be accessible with a Swedish IP nor will any operator be allowed to let Swedish players register an account.
The Swedish Gambling Authority emphasizes on its website that it will not handle complaints or act as a dispute arbitrator between players and gambling establishments. Instead, players have to lodge their complaints with the Swedish Consumer Agency.