From a small fishing village that hardly anyone had ever heard of to a position as the dazzling capital of the Danish Empire and to its current position as one of the worlds most talked about as well as sung of cities is a colorful history. There are evidence that Copenhagen existed as a settlement more than 6,000 years ago, but its first written record dates 1043 AC. Copenhagen, in those days called "Havn", meaning the harbor, was of little strategic or political importance.
Most of the people in "Havn" earned their daily bread by fishing for the plentiful herring in the Øresund. In the next two centuries fishing and trading turned the small fishing village into a flourishing town. And in 1343 King Valdemar Atterdag made Copenhagen the capital of Denmark - today the seat of the government and the hometown of the Danish royal family. Copenhagen of today is one of the most dynamic cities in Europe and the second largest city in Scandinavia. With 1.1 million inhabitants in the Greater Copenhagen area (and more than 1.8 million when other close municipalities in counted), the city definitely holds the position as The Glittering Capital of this part of the world. Copenhagen is one of the world's leading destinations for international conferences and congresses. Since the resund Bridge between Malmö and Copenhagen opened in 2000, the two cities offer more than 22.000 hotel beds. Scandinavia's largest conference centre, the Bella Center in the outskirts of the city, is well known for its international fairs and other arrangements. In the 17th century king Kristian lV's vision was to turn the resund region into Northern Europe's leading economic and cultural center.
Today we're quite sure that he's sitting with a smile on his face on some royal cloud, absolutely pleased that his dream is about to come through. Gambling in this country is flourishing. Thanks to liberated regulations regarding gambling online gambling market developed quickly. Thanks to its overseas operators can compete with local ones. Gambling started in Denmark at the beginning of 19th century. Danish’s society interest growing around gambling caused an increase in number of casinos especially in Copenhagen. Casino Marienlyst is said to be the oldest one in Denmark and it is located in Helsigør - 40 kilometers north from Denmark’s capital. Initially there was a health resort and a hotel and it was often visited by kings and dukes from Europe. However in 1902 object was extended and King Frederick VIII of Denmark allowed to create casino in it. Today, even though it competes with other casinos in the country it is still an elegant place with an international nature. Currently there are legal online casinos in Denmark. With the introduction of new regulations of online gambling from January 1st 2012 online gambling market has opened to overseas operator. Before a company Danske Spil had a monopoly on Danish online gambling. Although it’s the competition has grown it still dominated Danish market, but its dominance is not as strong as it used to be.
Danish players may legally use overseas casino’s websites which are available in Danish and English, bets are taken in euros and American dollars. Online casinos’ activity is regulated by a bill from January 1st 2012. According to it local and overseas casinos may obtain license in Denmark and operate legally. Foregoing monopolist in the online gambling market - Danske Spil - now has to compete on the Danish market with overseas operators. Danske Spil is now left with the monopoly only on lotteries, instant games and bingo. Thanks to new regulations from July 2013 over 50 licenses were given to 40 operators.
New regulations also contributed to the creation of ROFUS (Register of Voluntary Excluded Players). It is a register of all Denmark players which voluntary, temporarily or permanently, want to exclude themselves from online gambling in Denmark. Register is administered by Danish Gambling Authority. According to a report made by Danish Gambling Authority year 2013 was a record-breaking one regarding income from online gambling. Altogether it came up to 2 375 000 Danish kroner. An increase of 8% in comparison to the previous year.