The proportion of problem gamblers in the Swedish population is around 2 percent on a yearly basis, or in figures approximately 130,000 persons.
This proportion has remained at the same level for the population as a whole over the last decade, but approximately three-fourths are replaced over a year. A large turnover among problem gamblers indicates that the proportion of persons experiencing negative consequences from their gambling problems is larger than the approximately 2 percent who report that they have had gambling problems at a single point in time.
The problems exist in all population groups and are more common among men than among women. The gambling problems are the largest among young men between the ages 18–24 years. Recent research shows that gambling problems are increasing among middle aged women.
The Public Health Agency of Sweden has been assigned to conduct initiatives for preventing gambling problems. We therefore work to increase knowledge of excessive gambling and its consequences. We are also developing methods for preventative work and have previously developed treatment methods.
Our assignment comprises:
- developing and disseminating national knowledge support concerning gambling problems and how they can be prevented
- promoting coordination at a national level
- conducting a population survey, the Swedish longitudinal gambling study, Swelogs.
We also allocate funds for research and to idea-based organisations in the gambling area.
Two previously published reports from the first and second waves in Swelogs' epidemiological study are combined and translated into one English report: Gambling and gambling problems in Sweden 2008–2010
Summaries of Swelogs reports
The full reports are only available in Swedish.