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Switzerland is a white-level online gambling jurisdiction because of unclear signals from their government.

Switzerland is a central European country. It borders Italy to the south, France to the west, Germany to the north and Austria to the east.

Overview

Online gambling is in an atypical situation right now in Switzerland. The government has come out publicly with the position that it's illegal to gamble online from the country. However, it's not clear if their anti-gambling laws apply to online games. With that having been said, their government has attempted no enforcement on any level of any type of ban on Internet gambling, and they actually look like they could regulate the industry in the years to come.

Switzerland is a good example of a country that's fallen behind the times in this particular area. With as forward-thinking as they seem to be in a lot of areas, this seems to be one arena that's fallen through the proverbial cracks. If they were to regulate the industry, it would help to protect the players while simultaneously building revenues for the state.

Licensing

No form of licensing exists on any level for Switzerland. At the time of this writing, they're considering a limited licensing approach that allows land-based casinos to offer online games, but these would not be open to foreign opeators. Along these lines, the European Commission will probably have a fit and complain, much like they have in similar cases from other countries.

In any event, it's unclear if it will go forward any time soon, let alone even happen in the first place, so there's no real time table that players can use to estimate when regulation will happen with any degree of accuracy.

Player Protections

Because the government is not tied to online gambling oversight in any way, shape or form in this country, there are no player protections in place for online players. Because of this, players are commended to stick with reputable sites that have a history of doing the right thing for their players.

With that having been said, players don't have to worry about government blacklists or banks blocking transactions since neither of those things have happened yet. Chances are that they won't start since the laws for online gambling are particularly vague.

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