Best Online Casinos in Denmark
Denmark, like many European countries, had a gambling history characterised by state-owned gambling monopoly. The gambling market has changed significantly over the last few years. Initially, gambling activities were solely offered through the state-owned company, Danske Spil. Since 1948, Danske Spil has been controlling both brick-and-mortar and online gambling. It was until 2012 that the gambling marketplace became liberated.
Denmark began its journey towards liberalisation of gambling in 2008 when the status quo was challenged in European Court of Justice. The pressure saw the Danish Parliament adopted a new Gambling Act (Act No. 848 of 2010). It came into effect in January 2012. The law provided a structured system for regulating online gambling operations. For the first time, foreign operators were allowed to apply for licenses with Danish Gambling Authority. What followed was increased interest and entry of big operators like Ladbrokes, 888, Apollo Entertainment, and RoyalCasino. However, Denmark still tries to give preference to its state-owned Danske Spil through tightened the regulations and bureaucratic licensing process.
The Danish public enjoys gambling, and the most common forms of gambling include lotteries, football, horse racing, and pigeon racing. Now that the country is open to foreign operators, there are plenty of online casinos for Danish players to enjoy. Most of them support Danish Language and accept payment and wagers in Kroner.
Nowadays, there are about 200 licensed sites that take Danish players. This has opened the door to majority of the public. The registration is simple; it requires one to be over 18 years old and provide few personal details. Since the laws and the regulations are very tight, there is little chance for Danish players to find their way to illegal sites. Danish regulatory bodies stipulate that all ISPs must block unlicensed sites.
In May 2015, the government with the approval of European Commission made several changes to its gambling legislation. The new regulations increase in licensing fees to operators who make more that EUR 13.4 million per year.