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Gambling in Mozambique

Mozambican Gambling Information

By Reno Rollins

According to the law, casinos may operate in Mozambique as long as they are 50 kilometers from the nearest city (although this rule is somewhat flexible). It is unknown if other forms of gambling are illegal.

Casinos in Mozambique

There are two operational casinos in Mozambique. They are:

- Polana Casino (Avenida da Marginal 5289, Bairro da Sommerschield, Maputo, Mozambique) Opened in 1996, this casino accepts customers from noon until 2am on Sunday thru Thursday and noon until 4am on Friday and Saturday. The casino offers a total of 4,304 square feet of gaming space, with 142 gaming machines and nine table games (including American Roulette and Blackjack). Two restaurants are also located on the premises. For more information, call +258 1 480 437.

This casino is considered a private club, but a one night membership is easy to obtain. This allows the Polana Casino to get around the national law which states that casinos must be at least 50 kilometers away from a city.

- Sol Libombos (Rua Principal, Namaacha, Maputo, Mozambique) This casino opened on May 30th, 1998. Located in the town of Namaacha, this casino is nearby to the border of Swaziland. Since it is over 50km from the nearest city, this casino is open to the public.

Open from noon until close, this casino has 40 gaming machines and seven table and poker games (including Punto Banco, Poker and American Roulette). A 40-room hotel is also available on the property. For more information, call +258 2 196 0105.

Lottery in Mozambique

The headquarters for the Mozambique National Lottery are located at Prace 25 de Junho Av. Samora Machel No. 11 Maputo, Mozambique. The lottery can be played in Mozambique and throughout Eastern Africa. Sports Toto and Draw Lottery are available to the public. For more information, call +258 1 302 414.

Mozambican Facts

Located in Africa, Mozambique is bordered by Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Swaziland. Roughly the size of Turkey, it is the 35th-largest country in the world. Mozambique is a member of the Commonwealth of Nations and the Community of Portuguese Language Countries.

The land was first explored by Vasco da Gama in 1498 and later colonized by Portugal in 1505. Mozambique would not gain its independence from Portugal until 1975.

The nation is divided into a capital city with provincial status and ten provinces. They are:

- Cabo Delgado
- Gaza
- Inhambane
- Manica
- Maputo (city)
- Nampula
- Niassa
- Sofala
- Tete
- Zambezia

The official currency is the New Metical. This currency replaced the old Metical, but the former currency will be honored until 2012. The Euro, US dollar and South African rand are also widely accepted throughout the country.

Ethnic groups in Mozambique include: Macau, Sena, Shona, Shangaan, Yao, Swahili, Tonga, Chopi and Nguni. Europeans, Chinese and Indians can also be found in the country.

The official language is Portuguese, while most educated citizens are also proficient in English. A number of native languages are also spoken, including Swahili, Makhuwa, Sena, Ndau and Shangaan.

Christianity is the most popular religion in Mozambique, with Roman Catholicism being the most followed denomination. Muslims and Zionists can also be found throughout the country, as well as non-Catholic Christians.

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