Insights | May 4, 2023
Mikko Alkio a member of a research group that evaluated future models for the Finnish gambling system
The research group appointed by the Finnish Ministry of the Interior in January to evaluate alternative models for the Finnish gambling system has finished its work. One of the possible options identified by the group is the introduction of a license system for online gambling in Finland. Roschier Partner Mikko Alkio was one of the team members.
The Finnish government is considering different options for the future development of the Finnish gambling system, which is currently based on a legal monopoly held by the state-owned Veikkaus. A research group, consisting of Mikko Alkio, a partner at Roschier, Harri Sailas (Chair), Riitta Matilainen and Tuija Brax, was assigned to describe the current situation and to evaluate alternative models for the system. The group’s term of office ended on 17 April, when the results of their research were published by the Ministry of the Interior in the form of a report.
The report identifies two main options for the future of the Finnish gambling system: introducing new restrictions to prevent gambling outside the monopoly system more effectively or switching to a license system for online gambling. According to the report, the choice between these options should be based on the best available research on the benefits and disadvantages the options are likely to have for society.
“The introduction of a license system for online gambling would require extensive legal changes, and it is important that we cover all the angles. My fellow research group members and I found that the introduction of a license system for online games governed by strict rules would likely facilitate the prevention and minimization of the negative impact of gambling, which should remain the main focus. Effective supervision by the authorities is another key factor to consider,” Mikko Alkio comments.