Besides a spectacular view of the northern lights and great cultural sights, Finland has an interesting hidden side: huge and quite mindblowing gambling industry. Finland’s capital Helsinki is the home for one of the most interesting casinos and without a doubt, Finns are one of the biggest gambling enthusiasts in the whole Europe.
When you’re planning your trip to Helsinki but have never visited a casino before, there are some very good reasons you might want to step inside one of the awesome gambling establishments.
Gambling is completely legal and regulated in Finland
While gambling is still without a doubt a very controversial subject, Helsinki is one of the cities where you never have to worry about the legitimacy of gambling institutions. Casinos and all other gambling forms are completely allowed in Finland thanks to the Finnish regulation.
Now, the Finnish gambling industry is quite interesting since technically, gambling is monopolized and controlled by the state. Only the state-owned company Veikkaus Oy is allowed to offer any kind of gambling services. Therefore, when visiting a casino in Helsinki, it’s actually run by the government-owned company.
The interesting part is the fact that foreign companies can still provide their online gambling services in Finland since Finnish laws don’t prohibit them from doing so. For that reason, Helsinki, as well as the rest of Finland, is actually the home to a booming gambling industry where you might find hundreds of Finnish online casinos.
If you visit Casino Helsinki, your money will go to charity
Who has ever heard of gambling and charity going hand in hand? Well, in Helsinki, this is possible.
If you happen to visit one of Helsinki’s oldest and largest casinos called Casino Helsinki, you might find it interesting to know that absolutely every cent of its profits goes directly to charity! One of the few others practicing this kind of approach is a well-known non-profit casino called Paf which is operated from the Åland islands.
Casino Helsinki is quite intriguing even besides the non-profit approach. You can find as many as about 300 slot machines, tens of gaming tables and a special poker room, all in the same building. Situated in the heart of Helsinki, it’s a definite must-visit for any gambling enthusiast.
Want to feel like a Finn? Try TV lotteries and don’t forget the sauna
It’s no secret that Finns enjoy gambling. According to a 2016 survey, as many as 83% of Finns had gambled at least once over the past few years.
One of the most popular gambling types is still the good old lottery draw that’s shown on TV. In a way, watching the lottery draw is even somewhat of a tradition that goes hand in hand with sauna. If you want to feel like a local, then that’s something you should try. Why not book a fabulous Airbnb in Helsinki, visit the famous Casino Helsinki and perhaps go to a sauna later on? Even if you don’t win, you’ll at least know that the money will be used for a good cause.