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Finland proposes change in gambling age limit

14 August 2007

FINLAND -- As reported by the Helsingin Sanomat: "The Ministry of Social Affairs and Health is proposing that those under the age of 18 should not be allowed to engage in any gambling - including playing lottery games and slot machines.

"The proposal is included in a statement that the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health has sent to the Ministry of the Interior, which is preparing changes to the law on lotteries.

"...Ismo Tuominen, an official at the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, says that this is the first time that the ministry has made an official proposal to raise the age limit, which now stands at 15.

"The ministry feels that gambling entails risks that would make a higher age limit appropriate, with no exceptions for any type of game..."

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