Gambling addiction has been on the rise in Sweden, and the country’s gambling regulator has been introducing a series of measures to ensure consumer protection.
In its latest report, the Swedish gambling regulator has said that the number of people who have signed up with the country’s self-exclusion registry is now over 35,000.
Earlier in January, Sweden’s new gambling laws came into effect allowing overseas gambling operators to have licenses from Spelinspektionen for local operations. By March, over seventy-three gambling operators have already been licensed.The gambling regulator had issued thirteen new licenses since it offered gambling licenses at the time of liberalising the gambling markets in the country.
As a part of the new regulations and measures, Sweden introduced a self-exclusion registry – Spelpaus.se.
The goal of the new service was to help gambling addicts register with the service and abstain from gambling. It was a measure aimed at tackling gambling addiction. All gambling operators in the country should have the self-exclusion registry integrated into their platforms.
A recent report from the Swedish Public Health Agency (Folkhälsomyndigheten) reveals that the number of people suffering from problem gambling has increased. It also revealed that there were more and more women getting addicted to gambling. Over 45,000 people were found to have serious gambling problems.