Gambling addiction is a matter Ögmundur has long concerned himself with. According to research
conducted by the University of Iceland, some 4,000 to 7,000 people in Iceland between the ages of 18 and 70 - or about 2.5% of the population - suffer from gambling addiction.
While the idea of filtering out gambling sites by default has been brought up in the private sector
, it is still perfectly legal for any Icelander to visit sites such as Betsson to wager actual money. DV
reports that Ögmundur wants to see that change.
Ögmundur intends to submit a bill to parliament which would put into place stronger regulations for some forms of random lottery drawings in Iceland. However, it would also put into place a total ban on online gambling.
Details of the implementation of such a ban - especially with the existence of easily available proxy servers
- remain unknown. Ögmundur intends to submit the bill after the new year.
Minister of the Interior Ögmundur Jónasson intends to submit a bill to parliament which would, among other things, place a ban on internet gambling in Iceland.