The Public Health Agency of Sweden
Updated 8 June 2022

Gambling

The proportion with some degree of gambling problems in the past year is around 4 percent in the Swedish population. 130 000 people share a household with someone experiencing gambling problems.

Approximately three-quarters of problem gamblers are replaced over the course of a year. A large turnover among problem gamblers indicates that the proportion of people experiencing negative consequences of their gambling problems is larger than the proportion experiencing gambling problems at a single point in time. Gambling problems also affect other people including family, friends and the society at large.

Gambling problems exist in all population groups but are more common among men than among women. Young people gamble despite age limits. 

Our mission

The Public Health Agency of Sweden is assigned to implement measures to prevent gambling problems. We therefore work to increase knowledge of excessive gambling and its consequences.

Our assignment includes:

  • developing and disseminating national knowledge support regarding gambling problems and prevention
  • promoting coordination of gambling prevention at a national level
  • monitoring of gambling and gambling problems, primarily by conducting the Swedish longitudinal gambling study, Swelogs.

We also allocate funds to nonprofit organizations offering mutual support groups and to the national Helpline.

Summaries of Swelogs reports

The full reports are only available in Swedish.