Casino News: Growing online gambling market in Norwegian

Growing online gambling market in Norwegian

 June 23, 2008, 6:41 am (8 years ago)
Despite the Norwegian government’s dim view towards online gambling, the Norwegian Gambling Commission suggests that there are growing numbers of citizens visiting online gambling.

According to the entertainment publication ISA-guide, the online gaming market in Norway grew by 6.1 percent in 2007, with an estimated 244 000 citizens gambling online. The Commission showed that Norwegians spent Euro 961 million online, of which 82.9 percent or Euro 797 million went to foreign operators, with Norsk Rikstoto and Norsk Tipping accounting for another USD 258 million.

Research on 10 000 Norwegians between the ages of 16 and 74, 12 percent of Norwegian adult men gambled online during 2007, while only 2 percent of the female population did so. 9 percent of the adults who had gambled online preferred to do so via mobile phones.

The Norwegian Lotto was stated as the favorable online game by 48 percent, followed by online Poker at 28 percent, sports betting at 27 percent and casino games at 7 percent.
In terms of favored sites, 21 percent named Unibet as their preferred venue, followed by Betsson with 14 percent, Expekt with 11 percent, and NordicBet with 10 percent.

52 percent of telephone calls received by the gambling addiction helpline during 2007 were related to poker.
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