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Guinean Gambling Laws

There is no legal gambling in Guinea-Bissau. It is unknown whether this is due to the country’s poor economic conditions or nearly half of the population following the anti-gambling Muslim faith.

Facts About Guine-Bissau

Located in western Africa, Guinea-Bissau is one of the continent’s smallest nations. It is bordered by Senegal and Guinea. Before its independence, the country was under the control of Portugal and known as Portuguese Guinea. The name of the country’s capital (Bissau) was added to avoid confusion with the Republic of Guinea.

The country is divided into eight regions and the autonomous sector of Bissau. The regions include:

- Bafata
- Biombo
- Bolama
- Cacheu
- Gabu
- Oio
- Quinara
- Tombali

The country gained its independence from Portugal on September 24th, 1973. Following this, soldiers who had supported Portugal were killed and buried in unmarked graves. The country was then controlled by a revolutionary council until 1984.

1994 marked the first multi-party elections, but the president was ousted by a military uprising in 1998. Another election was held in 2000.

The president was arrested during a coup in 2003. In 2004, a mutiny within the military left the head of the armed forces dead. Another presidential election was held in 2005, with the man who was deposed in 1998 winning the election.

One of the poorest countries in the world, it is estimated that two-thirds of the population live below the poverty line. Much of the economy depends on agriculture, with cashew nuts and fish being the country’s leading exports. Following a number of large cocaine shipments, many fear that the nation is in danger of becoming a “narco-state.”

Portuguese is the official language, but only about 14% of residents actually speak it. Kriol, a Creole language based on Portuguese, is the most widely spoken language. French is commonly taught in schools.

Many people still hold to the traditions of animism, while 45% of residents belong to the Muslim faith. Less than 8% of the population is Christian, but those who are usually fall into the category of Roman Catholic.

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