In the northernmost part of Europe, you’ll find Scandinavia. These 5 countries and 2 island groups are comprised of:

  • Denmark
  • Norway
  • Sweden
  • Finland
  • Iceland
  • The Faroe Islands
  • The Åland Islands
  • To be proper, Scandinavia officially only incorporates Denmark, Sweden and most of Norway. However, in the English speaking world, the terms “Scandinavia” and “Nordic” are almost synonymous, including the areas listed above.

    The 1 exception would be Greenland. While Greenland is Nordic and part of Denmark, it isn’t considered part of Scandinavia in either the proper definition or the expanded English speaking world definition of the term.

    With the exception of the Faroe Islands and Iceland, all these areas have some form of gambling. Unlike the United States or the United Kingdom, the majority of casinos in Scandinavia are stand-alone casinos with no resort or hotel connected or are on cruise ships, taking advantage of the proximity of the North Atlantic Ocean and the Baltic Sea.

    If you’re looking to gamble in Denmark, you’re in luck. Denmark has 7 casinos located in 6 cities. The cities are:

  • Copenhagen
  • Helsingør
  • Aalborg
  • Vejle
  • Aarhus
  • Odense
  • When in Denmark, you’ll find that unlike most of Europe, they’re not part of the Eurozone and use their own currency the Danish krone (DKK). Currently, 1 krone is worth about €0.13.

    For those of you looking for a casino to gamble while in Norway, you’re out of luck. Casino games are illegal in Norway. The only forms of gambling in Norway are the Norsk Rikstoto, which handles horse racing and Norsk Tipping, which controls the lottery, keno, and sports betting.

    Online gambling is also illegal in Norway and legislation has recently been passed in the country to require banks to block any payment of funds to online gambling operators.

    To the east of Norway, you’ll find the Kingdom of Sweden. You’ll also find that Sweden welcomes casino gamblers with open arms.

    Sweden has 6 casinos located in 4 cities across the country.

    Sweden has casinos in:

  • Stockholm
  • Malmö
  • Goteburg
  • Sundsvall
  • You’ll find that, like Denmark, Sweden isn’t part of the Eurozone when it comes to currency. They use the Swedish krona (SEK) and 1 krona is worth about €0.10.

    Sandwiched between Sweden and Russia you’ll find the country of Finland. Out of all the Nordic and Scandinavian countries, Finland offers the best opportunities for casino gambling with casinos in 8 cities.

    Finland is also one of the few Nordic countries that are part of the Eurozone and use the Euro as their official currency.

    People seeking out casinos in Finland can find them in:

  • Helsinki
  • Turku
  • Jyväskylä
  • Espoo
  • Forsaa
  • Kupio
  • Rovaniemi
  • Tampere
  • Nestled between Sweden and Finland is the Archipelago of the Aland Islands. Aland is an independent state within the Finnish Republic. They share currency (the Euro) and defense forces with Finland, but Aland has self-rule when it comes to most other matters.

    Unlike Finland, the official language is Swedish. Gamblers will find that a casino is offered in the capital of Aland, Mariehamn.

    As for the last 2 parts of Scandinavia, Iceland and the Faroe Islands don’t have any casinos. Gambling is illegal in Iceland, and while it would appear gambling is allowed in the Faroe Islands under Danish law, the local government has chosen not to allow any casinos to be built.

    I’ll also take a moment to mention Greenland. Greenland can be mistakenly grouped with Scandinavia since it is a Nordic region. In actuality Greenland isn’t even a country, it is a part of Denmark.

    While they have “home-rule” they’re not an independent country. In either case, Greenland doesn’t have any casinos.

    1 – Arkipelag Hotel and Casino

    Country: Åland Islands

    Contact information:

  • Address: Strandgatan 35, Mariehamn 22100
  • Phone: +358 18 240 20
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Located in 50 meters from the marina in Mariehamn, the 86 room Arkipelag Hotel and Casino provide a comfortable setting for any gambler or tourist to the area.

    Each room has the following features:

  • Free wi-fi
  • Satellite TV
  • Minibar
  • Breakfast included
  • A kettle
  • Hair dryer
  • For those of you wanting some extras for a special occasion in the room, the hotel offers the following for additional fees:

  • House Sparkling Wine/Champagne
  • Fruit/Chocolate
  • House Pralines
  • Flowers
  • The hotel has plenty of amenities for guests who wish to take a break from gambling. These include:

  • The Olive Restaurant and Bar
  • Arken Garden (Outdoor Restaurant)
  • Restaurant Arkipelag
  • Arken Nattklubb
  • Paf Casino Bar
  • Swimming pool
  • Meeting/Event Facilities
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Concierge
  • Pet-friendly (must request in advance)
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Gift Shop
  • Room Service
  • Sauna
  • Exercise Equipment
  • 100 meters from the main shopping area of town
  • The casino at the Arkipelag Hotel and Casino is known as the Paf Casino. The casino offers over 80 slot machines, 20 table games, and 3 poker tables.

    Players can choose from such games as:

  • American Roulette
  • Oasis Stud Poker
  • Blackjack
  • Omaha
  • Texas Hold ‘Em
  • The casino is also connected to an online casino offering even more gaming options for visitors.

    For those that aren’t familiar with gambling, but would like to learn, the Paf Casino offers a Casino school. The cost is €35 and there’s a €250 minimum fee (so get a group together to enjoy this feature). It allows you to learn in a real money environment (chips are issues as if it was in a tournament) but without the pressure of experienced players around you. They even will include a glass of wine in the cost of the class. Each class lasts about 2 hours.

    Ratings:

  • Trip Advisor – 3.5 out of 5.0
  • Google – 3.9 out of 5.0
  • Booking.com – 8.7 out of 10.0
  • 2 – Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel and Casino Copenhagen

    Country: Denmark

    Contact information:

  • Address: Amager Boulevard 70 DK-2300 Copenhagen
  • Phone: +45 3396 5000
  • Email: [email protected]
  • The 544-room Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel offers all the high roller qualities that you would expect in the Radisson Hotel chain.

  • Free wi-fi
  • Flat-panel TV
  • Minibar
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms available
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Hypo-allergenic bedding available
  • Private bathroom
  • Free toiletries
  • Hair dryer
  • Iron/ironing board
  • Room service
  • In-room safe (laptop compatible)
  • Free cribs/infant beds
  • In-room childcare
  • Deep soaking bathtub
  • As for the Radisson Blu itself, the hotel offers guest the following amenities and accommodations:

  • Blue Elephant Restaurant
  • Kyoto Restaurant
  • Filini Restaurant
  • Busstop Bar
  • Red 7 Bar
  • Coffee/tea in common areas
  • Elevator/lift
  • Fitness facilities
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Business center
  • An electric car charging station
  • Meeting rooms
  • Tours/ticket assistance
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service
  • Free Wi-fi
  • Limo or Town Car service available
  • Safe-deposit box at the front desk
  • Luggage storage
  • Breakfast available
  • Concierge services
  • Conference center
  • Shopping on site
  • Laundry facilities
  • Garden
  • The Casino Copenhagen at Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel offers over 16,000 square feet of floor space. The casino offers 140 slot machines and 20 touch-bet roulette terminals.

    In addition, the Casino Copenhagen has 24 table games and has a poker room. The games offered are:

  • Blackjack
  • Roulette
  • Punto Banco
  • Texas Hold ‘Em
  • Diceball
  • If you and your group are new to gambling, Casino Copenhagen offers “Trial Games”. The trial games package costs 195 DKK each (about €26) and requires a minimum of 6 people. The package includes:

  • Entrance into the casino
  • Trial game for one hour
  • 100 DKK in chips
  • The offerings for trial games are limited and must be booked in advance. They’re held Friday and Saturday from 9 pm to 10 pm.

    Ratings:

  • Trip Advisor – 3.5 out of 5.0
  • Google – 4.0 out of 5.0
  • Booking.com – 7.7 out of 5.0
  • 3 – Radisson Blu Limfjord Hotel and Casino Aalborg

    Country: Denmark

    Contact information:

  • Address: Ved Stranden 14-16, 9000 Aalborg
  • Phone: +45 98164333
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Located only 6 kilometers from the local airport, The 188 room Radisson Blu Limfjord Hotel is located in the heart of Aalborg. Guest are within walking distance to cultural attractions such as the newly built harbor and the Utzon Center.

    Visitors are also within a few blocks of the area’s shopping districts allowing for a lot to do when you need to take a break from gambling.

    The rooms at the Radisson are what you’d expect from a top-tier chain. They include:

  • 40-inch smart-TV with screen mirroring, smart view, Bluetooth player, weather app, news channels, and hotel information
  • Cable TV
  • Pay-per-view movies
  • Bathtub with spa option
  • Safety deposit box
  • Minibar
  • Nespresso coffee machine and tea provisions
  • Super Breakfast Buffet
  • Rollaway/extra beds
  • Hair dryer
  • Iron/ironing board
  • Room service
  • Cribs/infant beds
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Hypo-allergenic bedding available
  • The hotel services and amenities include:

  • Aalborg Restaurant
  • Brasserie Pascal
  • Hotel Bar & Lounge
  • Free breakfast
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Business center
  • Meeting rooms
  • Tours/ticket assistance
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service
  • Health club
  • Computer station
  • Luggage storage
  • Conference center
  • Laundry facilities
  • Pets (dogs and cats only) allowed for an extra charge
  • The Casino Aalborg at the Radisson Blu Limfjord Hotel offers over 50 slot machines, 8 touch bet roulette machines, and 7 table games and poker tables. The games include:

  • American Roulette
  • Blackjack
  • Texas Hold ‘Em
  • The casino offers deals with local bars and restaurants that are separate from the hotel itself. These are all neighboring the casino. They include:

  • Duus Vinkælder (Dove Wine Cellar)
  • Søgaards Bryghus (Søgaards’s Brewhouse)
  • Restaurant Sanya
  • Spisehuset Kniv & Gaffel (Knife and Fork Restaurant)
  • Restaurant Viande
  • Restaurant Provence
  • The above venues can be included in the Casino Package which includes:

  • Welcome drink at 1 of the above restaurants
  • 3-course menu or buffet
  • DKK 140 (about €19) gaming chips (without trial play)
  • Entrance to casino
  • Purchase of trial games (to be pre-ordered)
  • The cost of the package is DKK 338 (about €45).
    Like its sister location in Copenhagen, the Casino Aalborg offers trail play. The trial play must be pre-ordered and is offered Monday through Thursday at 6:15 pm. On Friday, it is offered at 8:15 pm. The cost is DKK 40 (about €5.50) and offers patrons a 30-minute introduction to roulette and blackjack.

    Ratings:

  • Trip Advisor – 3.0 out of 5.0
  • Google – 3.8 out of 5.0
  • Booking.com – 8.0 out of 5.0
  • 4 – Casino Cosmopol Stockholm

    Country: Sweden

    Contact information:

  • Address: Kungsgatan 65, Box 45, 101 20 Stockholm
  • Phone: +46 10 120 39 10
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Casino Cosmopol is a stand-alone casino in Stockholm that has the largest selection of games in Sweden, if not Scandinavia.

    The Cosmopol Stockholm offers over 400 slot machines and 47 table games and poker tables. The selection of games are among the widest in Scandinavia and include:

  • Blackjack
  • Facedown Blackjack
  • Craps
  • Baccarat
  • European Roulette
  • Sic Bo
  • Texas Hold ‘Em
  • Texas Hold ‘Em Bonus
  • Omaha
  • 7-Card Stud Poker
  • Dealers Choice (poker)
  • 3-Card Poker
  • Along with gaming, the casino offers many amenities such as:

  • Live Music
  • Live DJ
  • Jackpot Grill & Bar
  • Lunch Restaurant
  • Learn2Play
  • For SEK 495 (about €50) each, groups of 7 to 30 people can schedule a Game Challenge for groups. Groups have their choice of:

  • Poker Challenge
  • Casino Fight
  • Game Introductions (for beginners)
  • Each participant will have 60 to 90 minutes of play (depending on the package) and receive a 3-course meal as part of the deal.

    Ratings:

  • Trip Advisor – 3.0 out of 5.0
  • Google – 3.6 out of 5.0
  • 5 – Casino Cosmopol Malmo

    Country: Sweden
    Contact information:

  • Address: Slottsgatan 33, SE 211 33 Malmö
  • Phone: +46 10 120 39 10
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Located in the center of Malmo, Casino Cosmopol Malmo is part of the historic Kungsparken park and entertainment venue.

    Visitors can expect more than gambling at Cosmopol Malmo. The venue offers live music, stand=up comedy, a dance club, and other live events.

    Like its sister Casino Cosmopol locations, it features a restaurant called the Jackpot Grill and Bar.

    As for gambling, the casino offers 240 slot machines and 29 tables for poker and gaming.

    Among the games visitors can expect to play include:

  • Black Jack
  • Face Down Black Jack
  • Punto Banco
  • Oasis Stud Poker
  • Roulette
  • Poker
  • Texas Hold ‘Em
  • Texas Hold ‘Em Bonus
  • Omaha
  • 7 Card Stud Poker
  • Dealer’s Choice (poker)
  • Unlike the Stockholm location, no packages for groups or free play are listed on their website.

    Ratings:

  • Trip Advisor – 3.5 out of 5.0
  • Google – 3.6 out of 5.0
  • 6 – Casino Helsinki aka Grand Casino Helsinki

    Country: Finland
    Contact information:

  • Address: Mikonkatu 19, 00100 Helsinki
  • Phone: +358 (0)200 55000
  • Email: [email protected]
  • With over 28,000 square feet of floor space, the Casino Helsinki houses over 300 slot machines, features 20 table games and has 7 poker tables.
    Players can expect to be able to play:

  • American Roulette
  • Blackjack
  • Dynamic Poker Pro
  • Russian Poker
  • Punto Banco
  • Texas Hold ‘Em
  • Omaha
  • Five-Card Stud
  • Seven-Card Stud
  • Chinese Poker
  • Dealer’s Choice (poker)
  • The casino has 4 dining facilities with a variety of cuisines. The restaurants and bars are:

  • Sports Bar Casino Helsinki
  • Bar All In
  • Fennia Salonki
  • Pajazzo Trattoria
  • They also offer Show and Dinner at the Casino which generally features tribute shows such as:

  • Amy Winehouse
  • David Bowie
  • Bon Jovi
  • Abba
  • All profits from the casino are donated to charity, specifically ones that are welfare and health-related.

    Ratings:

  • Trip Advisor – 4.0 out of 5.0
  • Google – 4.1 out of 5.0
  • 7 – Feel Vegas Casino Iso Omena

    Country: Finland
    Contact information:

  • Address: Suomenlahdentie 1, 02230 Espoo
  • Phone: +358 9 43703115
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Owned by the same company that owns Casino Helsinki, the Feel Vegas casino provides intimate surroundings where players can enjoy their games.

    Featuring 50 slot machines, a poker table, and 3 gaming tables, players can look forward to games like roulette, blackjack, dynamic poker, and Texas hold ‘em.

    The slot machines feature multiple manufacturers and provide users with everything from classic 3-wheel mechanical slots with levers to modern video slot machines.

    Along with the games, Feel Vegas also features a pub called O’Leary’s. O’Leary’s is a Boston Irish themed pub featuring burgers, BBQ, and wings.

    Ratings:

  • Trip Advisor – out of 5.0
  • Google – 4.7 out of 5.0
  • 8 – Casino Munkebjerg Vejle‎

    Country: Denmark

    Contact information:

  • Address: Munkebjergvej 125, 7100 Vejle
  • Phone: +45 76 43 50 00
  • Email: [email protected]
  • The Casino Munkebjerg Vejle bills itself as “the most comfortable in Denmark” because of the warm and relaxed atmosphere that they have in the casino.

    They go on to compare their atmosphere to other casinos stating that while other casinos focus on full silence and concentration, the Casino Munkebjerg Vejle plays music and dealers happily interact and help players as they guide them through their games.

    Players can expect over 70 slot machines, 8 gaming tables, and a poker room. Among the games played at Casino Munkebjerg include:

  • Blackjack
  • Blackjack Super 7’s
  • American Roulette
  • Electronic Roulette
  • The Casino Munkebjerg has a lot of package deals for players. They include:
    Tree Top Luxury Package DKK 1,195 (about €160) includes:

  • Entrance to the casino
  • 4-course dinner at the Tree Top Restaurant
  • Wine menu in the Tree Top Restaurant
  • Optional guided tour and introduction to the casino (booking required)
  • Fortune Chips worth DKK 150 (about €20)
  • Dinner and Casino Deal DKK 495 (about €67) includes:

  • Entrance to the casino
  • 3-course menu in the Jackpot Restaurant
  • Optional guided tour and introduction to the casino (booking required)
  • Fortune Chips worth DKK 150 (about €20)
  • The “Small Blind” Poker Deal DKK 335 (about €45) includes:

  • Entrance to the casino
  • 2 hours of Poker with the dealer
  • Steak (180 g) in the Jackpot Restaurant
  • Large draught beer
  • The “Big Blind” Poker Deal DKK 435 (about €58) includes:

  • Entrance to the casino
  • 2 hours of Poker with the dealer
  • Steak (300 g) in the Jackpot Restaurant
  • Large draught beer
  • The Intro Deal DKK 195 (about €26) includes:

  • Entrance to Casino Munkebjerg Vejle
  • 1 glass of white wine and a light refreshment in our Jackpot Restaurant
  • Fortune Chips worth DKK 50 (about €7)
  • A guided tour of the casino
  • An introduction to the games the casino has to offer
  • Ratings:

  • Trip Advisor – 3.5 out of 5.0
  • Google – 4.0 out of 5.0
  • 9 – Casino Cosmopol Göteborg

    Country: Sweden
    Contact information:

  • Address: Packhusplatsen 7, 411 13 Göteborg
  • Phone: +46 20 21 92 19
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Sweden’s Casino Cosmopol Göteborg is part of the Casino Cosmopol chain in the country. This casino features over 350 slot machines, 42 table games, and a poker room.

    Players can indulge in games like:

  • Big Wheel
  • Blackjack
  • Blackjack Switch
  • Oasis Stud Poker
  • Punto Banco
  • Roulette
  • Texas Hold ‘Em
  • Texas Hold ‘Em Bonus
  • Omaha
  • Dealer’s Choice (poker)
  • Aside from the games, visitors to the casino can dine in the Casino Restaurant, the Jackpot Grill and Bar or enjoy a drink at the Sports Zone Sports Bar and catch their favorite team on the big screen TVs.

    The venue also features live music, a dance club, and stand-up comedy.

    Ratings:

  • Trip Advisor – 3.5 out of 5.0
  • Google – 3.9 out of 5.0
  • Conclusion

    Scandinavia provides lots of opportunities to gamble if you go to the right places. For those of you going to Iceland or Norway, you’re out of luck, because neither has casinos.

    In addition to what I’ve mentioned in this post, many cities are ports for cruise lines like Norwegian that offer casinos on their ships (ironic that Norwegian Cruises would have gambling while Norway doesn’t).

    Some things to remember when using these casinos:

  • Bring a Passport – Most casinos have strict age requirements and accessing any part, including restaurants require proof of age). A driver’s license won’t do.
  • Some of these casinos don’t have English speaking staff. Some will speak 3 languages, but they’ll be all Nordic languages. So be prepared.
  • While the Euro is easily exchanged for local currency (as is the dollar or British pound), try to make changes before going to the casino. It may wind up costing you more if the casino is using an inflated exchange rate.
  • Avoid using your credit card when possible. Check with your bank before you go, but most charge an exchange rate fee for every transaction. You’re better off getting the money you need at a local exchange before you start gambling to avoid these extra fees.
    While hotel-casino resorts may be rare in some areas, all the casinos I’ve mentioned are in tourist areas and have plenty of hotels in the area. Check out some of the online sites and find a great deal.
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