The oldest evidence of gambling in Sweden dates back to the third century A.D. so gambling goes way back in Sweden’s history. The card games started gaining popularity in the 1400s, and the first casino opened in the 18th century (it was called Ramlosa Brunn).
In this casino players could enjoy roulette, faro, and basset. This all changed in the 19th century when all casinos were banned, due to the pressure of the Swedish Church which called gambling “diabolical”.
After a long process of lobbying and proposing legislation, land-based gambling was finally legalized in 1994. There are currently 4 land-based casinos in Sweden and players need to be at least 20 years old to be allowed entrance. These casinos are located in Gothenburg, Malmo, Stockholm, and Sundsvall, and they are all under the umbrella and name of Casino Cosmol.
Lotteriinspektionen (the Swedish Gambling Authority) is the body that deals with the regulation, licensing, monitoring, and supervision of all gambling activities and facilities within the country.
As for online gambling and live casino gaming, it became legal in 2002 and it was run by the state-owned Svenska Spiel until 2019 when the EU put pressure on Sweden for having an anti-competitive gambling market.
As a result, Sweden passed new legislation which broadened the market and allowed local and foreign operators to apply for a license. Since then Swedish players have had access to some of the best live casino operators in the world.