Which Europeans gambled the most in 2019?

In Denmark, scientists conducted a survey to find out what Europeans gamble. It shows that residents from Finland lead the list.

The research was done because in 2012 the gaming market in Denmark was partially liberalized. The survey is about the year 2019.

Finns the biggest gamblers in Europe

Several European countries have experienced considerable development. Away from monopoly and more liberalized. At the same time, the speed of the Internet and access to the world wide web improved. If you add to that the flight that smartphones have enjoyed, the result is an increasing proportion of the population that has the opportunity to gamble online with real money.

The list is headed by Finland. The Finnish player would have gambled an average of €423 per inhabitant in 2019. On two is fairly surprisingly Italy, surprising because the average inkjomen in Italy is not particularly high. The Italian gambled an average of €347 in 2019. This is gambled not only in an online casino, but also lotteries and scratch cards and sports betting are included.

The top three is completed by the residents from Ireland. They gambled away €342 per person.

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Other facts from the research

The research was mainly focused on players from Denmark. Among other things, it found that Danes play less at casinos and lotteries than the average European. European gaming markets differ from one another. This is true both in terms of terms and frameworks in which some countries have stricter regulations than others. But this also applies to the gambling behavior and preferences of European citizens.

In 2019, Danes spent a smaller proportion of their gaming consumption on lotteries and casino games than
European citizens did on average. The category of casino games here includes land-based casinos, online casinos and slot machines.

Europeans spend 45% of their play money on casino games and 38% on lotteries. The rest goes on slots and sports betting.

Netherlands not included in survey

Because online gambling is not yet regulated in the Netherlands, our country was not included in the survey. In 2021, the new Distance Gaming Act (KOA) will come into effect. As of March 1, 2021, companies can apply for a license to offer online casino games. It is expected that the licenses will be in force by September 2021. An estimate is that about 90 companies will be licensed to offer legal online gambling in the Netherlands. The government is working closely with the Kansspelautoriteit in the licensing process.