The gambling situation in Sweden is a bit different from other EU countries and is even in some ways a bit behind the advances made by, say, the UK government in terms of gambling. Ever since the Lotteries act in 1994 gambling is legal in Sweden with the main regulatory authority being the Swedish Gambling Authority. Even though many changes have been made to the law, only one Swedish company has thus far been licensed to offer such services to players in Sweden – the state-owned Svenska Spel. This has led to much criticism regarding its monopoly position. However, even though on paper only Svenska Spel is legaly allowed to host online-games, there are loopholes that have allowed players in Sweden to freely access different European gambling websites such as Mr Green and 888. Furthermore, according to a report by Lotteriinspektionen the market share for operators in Sweden without a gambling license is the staggering 73 per cent for the first quarter of 2018. Which means that with the advance of the internet and new technologies – the monopoly position of Svenska Spel will soon be history.