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Denmark has offered a limited amount of licences, which can be awarded for a length of up to ten years, to operate land-based casinos since it first began to regulate the sector on January 1, 2012. 

In October 2020, the Danish Gambling Authority opened up its latest batch of casino and cruise licence applications. 

Casinos were forced to shutter for large parts of 2020 and well into 2021 as part of the Danish Health and Medicines Authority’s attempts to combat the spread of COVID-19.

Despite the closures, on January 5, 2021, the Danish Gambling Authority announced a rise in the annual fee per gaming machine from DKK655 to DKK670.

Gaming machine operators and casino licence holders also recently saw the threshold above which an additional gambling tax is paid for land-based casinos and gaming machines lowered in August 2020 in Act on Duty on Gambling. 

Casinos are subject to a monthly tax of 45 percent of gross gaming revenue (GGR), according to the Ministry of Taxation. There is an additional 30 percent GGR tax on revenues exceeding DKK3,656,300.

A few years earlier in June 2018, a political agreement, which limited bonuses to 1,000 Danish krone (€134) called on the industry to produce a Code of Conduct.

The code came into effect on July 1, 2019. It established a framework for the content of gambling adverts. The code aims to ensure the number of adverts is reduced and the context in which they appear are restricted.

As confirmed by the Ministry of Taxation on April 5, 2019: “If a player plays at an operator that holds a Danish licence to offer e.g. betting, lottery, games on slot machines etc., the winnings are not subject to taxation. The reasoning is that the winnings are already taxed before the payout to the player. If an operator does not hold a Danish licence, the player’s winnings are subject to taxation.”

NUMBER OF CASINOS

2017 6
2016 6
2015 6
2014 6
2013 6

NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES

2017 300
2016 300
2015 300
2013 280

TERRESTRIAL CONSUMER PROTECTION / SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY MEASURE

Denmark’s casinos are subject to stringent requirements relating to the registration of customers, including video registration, and for the storing of data.

Every guest must provide identification on request and every casino must record information about every arriving guest’s name, address, and date of birth, nationality (no longer required) and an indication of each guest’s arrival time. The casino must store this information for five years.

Casino staff are subject to additional requirements and may not participate in games at the property.The Danish Gambling Authority is in charge of supervising the machine market as a whole.

Beginning with online gambling, a Register of Voluntary Excluded Players (ROFUS) has been established in Denmark and land-based casinos will be included in ROFUS as of autumn of 2016Players can directly register themselves on the system After five years the information is automatically deleted and the player can again visit casinos. Online operators are obliged to verify whether a player is registered on this self-exclusion system.

Temporary exclusions are also possible and cannot be for less than one month or more than one year. Players can also choose a shorter break of 24 hours, dubbed the cooling-off period.

A list of all treatment centres can be found on the web site of the Gaming Board

Legal Gambling Age: 18 Years Old

Smoking Ban: Partial; smoking cubicles are allowed

THE REGULATED MARKET

NATURE OF THE CASINO MARKET

Terrestrial:Multiple licences (7)

Online: Multiple licences (not capped)

 

REGULATED CASINO GAMES

Terrestrial:Casinos may offer any casino related game without prior approval

Online:The licence allows roulette, blackjack, poker and similar games as well as gaming machines offering cash winnings.

 

RESPONSIBLE REGULATOR FOR TERRESTRIAL AND ONLINE CASINO GAMES

Danish Gambling Authority

THE ILLEGAL MARKET

Market Protection Measures / Tools to Tackle Illegal Gambling:Website blocking is permitted along with advertising restrictions on unlicensed operators. Online payment blocking, while permitted, is not used.

IN THE CASINO

NUMBER OF CASINO VISITS (in 000s)

2017 415
2016 433
2015 452
2013 412

REVENUES (GGR & Tips EUR Million)

2017 60 million
2016 61 million
2015 58 million
2014 54 million
2013 56 million

HIGH-LEVEL MARKET DATA

Currency : Danish krone (DKK)

Population:5,676,000 
(Source:The World Bank)

GNI (2014, Local Currency, Millions): 19,18,751
(Source: Eurostat)

Internet Penetration (Internet Users): 96%
(Source: The World Bank)

Mobile Penetration (Mobile Cellular Subscriptions): 126%
(Source: The World Bank)

Doing Business Ranking (June 2015):3
(Source: World Bank Group)

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Last Updated: May 2019