The History of Norway Gambling Laws
Norway gambling laws portray a strict framework of restrictions designed to severely limit gambling but the reality is very different due to lack of enforcement. Norway is not a member state of the EU so they have been able to draft their laws without interference from Europe.
The Totalisator Act of 1927 legalised horse racing in Norway. An organisation called Norsk Riskoto was set up as the single responsible entity to control horse betting across the country. The Act not only legalised horse betting but it also allowed it to be controlled to prevent outside operators being involved. It is a protective monopoly which now permits online horse betting as well as track betting.