Norway is one of the countries in Europe with strict gambling control. It is ironical since the country is home to some of the best pokers like Johnny Lodden and Ola ‘Odd Oddsen’ Amundsgaard. In most parts of the country, there are no brick-and-mortar gambling facilities because of prohibition. With the absence of these facilities, more than 1000 kiosks with video terminal have been provided, through government-owned companies, to give the players the chance to play various games such as the Joker, lotto, bingo, blackjack, roulette and video poker. This, however, comes with preconditions; one must be over 18 years and must not spend more than NOK 400 per day.
Norway is relatively stable with a highly-developed economy and high internet penetration. The advanced internet infrastructure is one of the driving force behind increasing popularity of online gambling in the country. Online gambling is legal in the country, but it is only restricted to two state-owned companies: Norsk Rikstoto and Norsk Tipping.
One of the state-owned companies, Norsk Tipping, offers online casinos packed with different games such as the Joker, Lotto, extra, Viking, bingo, blackjack, and roulette. Any other form of gambling that is not offered by these two companies is considered illegal in Norway.
The fact that Norway is not part of EU has complicated things for most operators since the country can’t be pressed to liberalised the system. The banks in the country have been prohibited from transacting money generated from online gambling sites. The government is also set to block foreign casino sites, but this is almost impossible to implement it fully. Some offshore online casinos sites accept Norwegians players.
Over the recent years, however, the country is slowly welcoming the idea of liberation of the online gambling market. The government has come to the realisation that there is need to open up the market to foreign operators. Until then, there nothing much can be said about online casino operators now.