Date: 22.06.2023

by Mateusz Mazur

Danish Gambling Authority reports a 2.8% GGR fall in 2022

Spillemyndigheden, the Danish gambling regulator, has released a comprehensive report detailing the performance of the gaming sector in 2022. The report reveals that the Danish gaming market experienced a 2.8% decline, primarily driven by a decrease in online revenue.

Danish market unaffected by restrictions

Unlike previous years, the gambling market in Denmark was largely unaffected by COVID-19 restrictions. This resulted in land-based casinos and slot machines reporting an increase in revenue compared to 2020 and 2021.

However, the total gross gambling revenue for the Danish market amounted to DKK 10.1 billion in 2022, reflecting a 2.8% decrease. The rise in retail and land-based gaming was insufficient to offset the overall decline in digital gaming.

The report also highlights that online channels accounted for 60% of all games played in Denmark, including those accessed through computers, smartphones, and tablets.

Lowest average gambling spending among Nordic countries

In terms of consumer spending, Danish individuals over the age of 18 had an average gambling expenditure of DKK 2,350 in 2022. Although this positions Denmark as the 12th highest in gambling spend among European countries, it has the lowest average gambling spending among Nordic countries. Sweden, Norway, Finland, and Iceland all surpassed Denmark in terms of total gambling expenditure per capita.

Among the Nordic countries, only Sweden shares the multi-operator licensing system with Denmark. Finland, Norway, and Iceland operate under a monopoly system, leading to a significant grey market in those countries.