Norwegian Government investment to battle gambling issues

Lea Hogg 4 months ago
Norwegian Government investment to battle gambling issues

The Norwegian Ministry of Culture and Equality has unveiled a radical initiative in the fight against gambling problems, earmarking a substantial NOK32 million (£2.43 million) for comprehensive research, prevention, and treatment. With a sharp focus on understanding and mitigating the negative impacts of gambling, this strategic funding is set to pave the way for innovative solutions and evidence-based interventions.

Monopoly operator Norsk Tipping and Allied join forces

This unprecedented funding surge is not just a financial commitment from the Norwegian government but also a collaborative effort involving key stakeholders. Monopoly operator Norsk Tipping spearheads the financing, complemented by contributions from the Lotteries and Foundations Authority, the Media Authority, the Directorate of Health, and the Research Council.

This unified approach reflects the government’s commitment to tackling gambling issues comprehensively, utilizing diverse resources for a more effective and nuanced strategy.

Funding allocation for research on gambling harm

In the face of growing concerns about gambling problems, Culture and Equality Minister Lubna Jaffery (in photo above) affirms the success of prior efforts, stating,

“The number of Norwegians with gambling problems has halved since 2019.

This shows that the government’s combined efforts are yielding results.” Minister Jaffery underscores the effectiveness of Norway’s unique sole-law model, incorporating stringent measures such as maximum loss limits, advertising bans against foreign gambling entities, payment intermediary bans, and proactive knowledge enhancement and prevention strategies.

Spotlight on research, prevention and treatment

The awarded funds align with the overarching Action Plan for 2022-2025, which aims to significantly reduce the prevalence of gambling-related issues while fostering a culture of knowledge sharing. This multifaceted plan not only seeks to address existing problems but also places a strong emphasis on prevention and education, envisioning a future where fewer individuals develop gambling-related challenges.

As the Norwegian government continues to invest in proactive measures, this financial injection is poised to fortify the positive trajectory in combating gambling problems and ensuring the well-being of its citizens.

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