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Myth and reality in gambling cases

Myth and reality in the Supreme Administrative Court's application of the principle of proportionality in gambling cases.

Swedish governments have for over 30 years pursued a gambling policy that has more or less aimed to strengthen the treasury. A key prerequisite for the policy has been to give the state-owned and controlled gaming companies Svenska Spel and ATG considerable commercial leeway.

Through massive advertising campaigns, the companies have contributed to a spirit of the times that accepts gambling as something almost socially beneficial and fun. We all remember how a cavalcade of state directors handed over grotesquely large checks to satisfied finance ministers. The advertising messages have signaled that it would be almost more acceptable to become wealthy by winning the big prize on Lotto or Harry Boy than to become rich through entrepreneurship.

In the early 2000s, this spirit of the times would prove to be the "perfect storm" for the emerging gaming industry on the Internet. The rest is history, as they say.


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