Norsk Tipping and Norsk Rikstoto are the 2 only companies allowed to offer gambling services to Norwegian citizens.
Norsk Tipping offers games like lotteries, sports betting, Keno and several others.
Norsk Tipping is wholly state-owned company under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Culture and Church affairs, with rules about what times of day, and how much money players can bet.
As of January 2011 all players have to be over 18 years of age to play all games of Norsk Tipping, except scratch tickets.
Norsk Rikstoto is also state-owned and is the only company authorised to arrange horse race betting.
with the government working towards stopping foreign companies from operating in Norway.
In June 2010 the Norwegian Government passed a law that forced all banks in Norway to deny the customers the use of credit and debit cards at land and online casinos all over the world.
Norwegian citizens are also required to declare tax winnings made in another country.
Lotteries and games have always been strictly controlled by the Norwegian government.
According to §§ 298 and 299 of the Norwegian Penal Code of 1902, only those games of chance that were offered by special license holders were legal.
Only the authority of a legal statute could grant such permission.
Thus, all other games, where the main factor affecting the win was luck, were prohibited. Three acts that were introduced later in the 20th century, offered some exceptions from the strict ban.