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Temporary Licences a Non-Starter in Sweden

by Glenn Baird - December 21, 2018

With less than 2 weeks to go until online gambling gets the green light in Sweden, their main regulator, Lotteriinspektionen, has made it clear that no temporary licences will be distributed to those who have failed to gain a proper licence before the deadline.

Online gambling goes live on January 1st in Sweden with only operators who have been granted licence prior to that deadline gaining access to the market.

At the time of writing, 31 licences have been granted out of roughly 70 applicants. The application window has been open since August with a number of well-known operators already signed-up before things get started in the new year.

Some of the applicants who have been rejected a licence have had their request for temporary admission denied with Lotteriinspektionen stating that operators “may not provide games in Sweden until you have been licensed.”

This comes after Monday’s announcement from Lotteriinspektionen, where another 4 operators were added to the list of accepted applications, meaning that Bayton Ltd, Dumarca Gaming, Genesis Global Ltd and Enlabs AB join the already exclusive group of operators who will begin trade in Sweden next month.

The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland sits to the north-west of mainland Europe. The United Kingdom shares a border with The Republic of Ireland and has coasts on the Atlantic Ocean, Celtic Sea, North Sea, Irish Sea and English Channel. The population of the UK is approaching the 67.6 million mark leading to a fairly densely populated land mass. The gambling sector in the United Kingdom is entirely regulated and licensed by the UKGC – the United Kingdom Gambling Commission. Should players resident In the UK wish to gamble with foreign based operators there is no history of this being treated as a criminal offence, but high levels of protection exist for UK residents playing with UK licensed operators.


The above information is what we believe to be the the legal status of online gambling, however information on this topic is limited and hard to find. We accept no liability for any errors or ommissions. It is the reader’s responsibility to ensure that they know the legality of online gambling in their country before engaging with any online gambling service.