Comparing online casino regulations in the Baltics
Online casinos are legal in the Baltics. There are numerous licensed sites from domestic and international operators.
The Baltic countries have fairly similar regulations when it comes to online casinos. For a casino to operate in Sweden, it must secure a license and follow the Swedish Gambling Act. In Germany, online gaming has very complex and strict regulations. The United Kingdom has some of the freest regulations in Europe.
Lithuania regulates online casinos. The first online casino opened in Lithuania in 2016. It is required for a domestic online gambling operator to own a land-based casino and to operate at least one horse betting parlour and ten slot machine halls.
Online gambling has been legalised and regulated in Estonia since 2010. Each operator must secure a license from the Estonian Tax and Customs Board. All online casinos operating in the country must pay 5% tax.
The Control Department of the Latvian government regulates all gambling activities in the country. The online casino industry was unregulated in Latvia until 2006. Since 2006, the Gambling and Lotteries Law has made online casinos legal and regulated. Every online gambling operator in Latvia must re-register with the Lottery and Gabbling Supervisory Inspection each year.