Finland’s Major Gambling Law

The Lotteries Act is the main gambling law in Finland. Its purpose is to protect gamblers, curb gambling related crime and abuse, and minimize the negative impacts of gambling, such as problem gambling and gambling addiction.

Finland’s Interior Ministry creates gambling related rules through decrees that regulate prizes paid to winners, number of permitted gambling machines, online casino games, land-based casinos and gaming rooms, opening hours, locations, and so on.

It is the duty of the National Police Board to ensure that the gambling rules are properly implemented.

The Lotteries Act in Finland

According to the Lotteries Act, residents have to be at least 18 years of age to play real money games.

The intent of the law is to protect underage individuals from problem gambling and gambling addiction.

The law allows Finland’s three gambling entities as well as players themselves to establish their own gambling limitations.

Finnish players who wish to play online at any of the state-run online casinos are required to undergo verification procedures.

This is required to prove identity, physical address, and age. Players, therefore, have to register an account before they can start playing for real money.

In addition to online casinos, restaurants and other physical locations that offer slot machine games are required to make sure that players are of the legal age to gamble. If they fail to do so, they may get into trouble with the law.

The law makes gambling advertisements targeted to minors illegal. Gambling products cannot be marketed by making gambling appear attractive. Veikkaus Oy is permitted to market its games only in such a responsible manner.

Marketing of certain games, which clearly have a number of negative effects, is permitted only on racetracks, casinos, and gaming arcade.

However, it is legal for the operator to provide information on gambling locations, gambling terms & conditions, cost of participation, odds of winnings, prizes, betting ranges, and so on.