Penalties for non-compliance
What are the penalties for non-compliance?
Operation or promotion of unlicensed gambling activities
The operation or promotion of unlicensed gambling activities is punishable by fines or imprisonment of up to six years.
The Swedish Gambling Authority may also issue orders and prohibitions under penalty of fines. Please note that there are no set limits for the fines, the Swedish Gambling Authority may determine an appropriate amount intended to have a deterrent effect.
In relation to licensed gambling operators, the Swedish Gambling Authority may also issue a fine between SEK 5,000 (approx. US$520) and a maximum of 10 % of the license holder's turnover in the preceding financial year.
Violations of the Swedish Marketing Act
Violations of the Swedish Marketing Act may lead to the following sanctions:
- Orders or prohibitions under penalty of fines. It is not uncommon that such sanctions amount to SEK 1,000,000 (approx. US$104,000) but there are no maximum fines.
- Marketing Disturbance Fee of SEK 5,000 – SEK 5,000,000 (approx. US$520 – US$520,000), but no more than ten percent of the annual turnover. It should be noted that this sanction is rarely invoked; and
- Damages to affected parties.