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Finnish Government gambling regulations raises concerns among Finns

Finnish Government gambling regulations raises concerns among Finns

Published on Fri Sep 06 2019

A recent survey of the Finnish community revealed that, the majority of Finns do not trust the government in regards to gambling. A large section of the population feel that Ministers of Parliament in Finland’s government create rules and policies that only serve their self-preservation.

The survey conducted by Bilendi Oy, a Finnish market research firm was commissioned by Kasino Curt, an online gambling site, and one of the most interesting statements was: “Finnish MPs want gambling policies that are, first and foremost, beneficial for them.” 

From the 1,000 Finns who participated in the survey, 25.5% responded that they fully agreed with the statement and 31.8% partially agreed with it. Only 9.9% either completely or partially disagreed and 3.3% fully disagreed. The remaining responses showed that they either cannot offer an opinion or are neutral on the subject.

The survey was provided on the Kasino Curt website and it was primarily designed to give insight to the public’s sentiment toward the state-run gambling operator, Veikkaus. Another goal was to reveal if if changes in the country’s gambling scheme were needed and/or desired.

The Senior Client Service Manager for Bilendi Oy, Janne Juntunen, concludes that Finns are becoming more interested in having the Veikkaus monopoly eliminated. “The survey indicates that Finns have recently taken a stricter stance on the monopoly position of Veikkaus Ltd, the government-owned betting agency. Moreover, the idea of removing gambling machines from everyday environments is gaining increasing support across all age groups,” he explained. 

Almost half (45.3%) of the people surveyed believe that the Veikkaus monopoly will come to an end within ten years at the most.

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