Norway is one of the richest countries in the world and has a very high living standard, but when it comes to being able to play poker or gamble, they are the country in the EU with the worst offerings. In Norway it is only legal to place bets and play keno/lottery through Norsk Tipping and Norsk Rikstoto (horse racing).
Now the Norwegian government has decided to allow live poker championships to be played within the country, so that the Norwegians enjoying poker and who wants to participate in the Norwegian Poker Championship, can participate without having to travel abroad to countries like Malta.
Online gaming is still not legal and poker clubs and similar will still not be allowed to offer tournaments for real money. The new law is based on special events, as Norway is still very concerned with gambling addiction. It will be legal to host home games however, it simply cannot be done as something profitable, as it is not allowed to run a business based on gambling.
The best thing for the Norwegians in this new law however is the fact that they no longer have to pay tax of their winnings, as all winnings within Norway are tax-free, while they aren't when played abroad.