The Norwegian government has strengthened and clarified its gambling payment blocking regulations in an attempt to reinforce its gambling monopoly model and protect vulnerable players.
Trine Skei Grande, the minister of culture and gender equality, said that “the purpose of the changes is to streamline the existing ban on the payment of gambling games without Norwegian permission”.
Since 2011, banks and financial institutions in Norway have been banned from transferring money to unlicensed gambling operators, meaning players are not allowed to deposit or withdraw funds from unlicensed gambling websites.
State-owned Norsk Tipping and Norsk Rikstoto are the only two companies that are legally allowed to offer gambling services in Norway.
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