EGBA: Time for Finland to fix its gambling policy

EGBA: – Finland's gambling policy faces a clear choice. To stick with the current monopoly policy system or to change course. The Finnish gambling policy is at a cross-road says EGBA spokesman Maarten Haijer. He considers Finnish consumers to easily can jump from one gambling site to another in today's global e-marketplaces which means that Finnish players can easily find alternative international betting sites than Veikkaus (Finland's state-run gaming site) on the internet).

Maarten Haijer says: "Replacing the monopoly with an open-licensing system is not about getting more people in Finland to gamble, nor is it about killing off Veikkaus. Rather, it is the sensible way to meet the demands of those Finnish gamblers who seek an alternative to the monopoly and currently gamble on international gambling websites – and to regulate and tax this activity." He added: "According to the latest figures, Finland has a gambling problem rate of 3% of its population, ten times higher than Spain – a country with no gambling monopoly. There is no compelling evidence that gamblers in Finland are in any way better protected than their European counterparts".