Norwegian Regulator Defends 'Hostile' Gambling Regime

A Norwegian regulator willingly engaged in a raucous debate with online gambling licensing advocates who called the country “the most hostile in Europe”.

The regulator, former soldier and diplomat Henrik Nordal, vigorously defended the country’s increasingly aggressive attempts to protect government monopolies Norsk Tipping and Rikstoto, while officials from the Norwegian Industry Association for Online Gambling (NBO) explained why they believe they are not renegades.

About 2.2m Norwegians gamble at least once a year, or nearly 60 percent of the adult population, and as many as 250,000 may gamble with unlicensed operators, said Rolf Sims, public affairs manager for Kindred Group.

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