Denmark Allocates £3.6m to Address Problem Gambling

Denmark Allocates £3.6m to Address Problem Gambling

Over the next three years, Denmark's government has pledged to allocate an extra DKK30m (£3.6m/€4.0m/$4.4m) to tackle problem gambling in the country.

Denmark has pledged to release DKK10m annually between 2023 and 2025 to aid ongoing efforts and projects addressing problem gambling. According to recent research, almost 500,000 Danes suffer from some form of gambling addiction. The first year's allocation of DKK10m will target children and young people and focus on further research into gambling addiction.
Of this sum, DKK5.0m will be specifically designated for research into gambling addiction. In addition, the Ministry of the Interior and Health will create an application pool that emphasizes treatments and remedies for individuals with addiction.

Meanwhile, DKK2.5m will be allocated to the national gambling regulator, Spillemyndigheden, for a nationwide information campaign on gambling. This initiative will target children, young people, their parents, and other family members. A further DKK1.5m will be spent on creating new content for a national platform providing advice and information on gambling addiction.

Moreover, DKK1.0m has been set aside for Spillemyndigheden to conduct a joint study on gambling addiction across Nordic countries. However, this project would require the support of other nations, and if such support is not forthcoming, the funds will be reallocated to the nationwide campaign in Denmark.

Tax Minister Jeppe Bruus expressed concern about the worrying developments in the gaming area. "Gambling addiction can have major and long-lasting consequences for those involved," he said, "and we have a special obligation to protect children, young people, and other vulnerable groups. Therefore, there is a need for us to both strengthen information efforts towards children and young people and research gambling addiction. And I am happy that we are now adding more resources to the effort."

This funding allocation demonstrates the Danish government's commitment to addressing the gambling problem and supporting those affected by addiction. The emphasis on initiatives for children and young people acknowledges the potential long-term effects of addiction and the need to safeguard vulnerable groups. Furthermore, the focus on research and treatment highlights the government's recognition of the complex nature of addiction and the importance of developing effective solutions.
In conclusion, Denmark's commitment to funding ongoing efforts to combat problem gambling is important in addressing the issue and supporting those affected. Furthermore, allocating resources toward research, treatment, and education demonstrates a comprehensive approach prioritizes prevention and care.


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