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Solomon Islander Gambling

By Reno Rollins

Casino gambling is legal in the Solomon Islands. It is unknown if any other forms of gambling are allowed on the islands.

Casinos in the Solomon Islands

There are two casinos in the Solomon Islands. They are:

- Club Supreme Casino and Pacific Hotel (Kukum Highway, Honiara, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands) This casino is open daily from 7pm until 3am. There are 20 video gaming machines, 90 video poker machines, and 14 table and poker games (including Baccarat, Blackjack, Poker and Roulette). A 150-room hotel, two bars and two restaurants are also located on the premises. For more information, call +677 22168, or visit their website at www.solomon-hotels.com.

- Honiara Casino (Point Cruz, Honiara, Solomon Islands) For more information, call +677 25111.

Solomon Islands Facts

Located east of Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands are comprised of almost one-thousand islands. The capital, Honiara, is located on the island of Guadalcanal. Other islands include:

- Choiseul
- Shortland Islands
- New Georgia Islands
- Santa Isabel
- Russell Islands
- Nggela (Florida Islands)
- Malaita
- Sikaiana
- Maramasike
- Ulawa
- Uki
- Makira (San Cristobal)
- Santa Ana
- Rennell and Bellona
- Santa Cruz Islands
- Tikopia
- Anuta
- Fatutaka

For over a thousand years, the Solomon Islands were inhabited by Melanesian people. In the 1890s, the United Kingdom established a protectorate over the islands.

From 1942-45, brutal fighting occurred in the islands during World War II, including the Battle of Guadalcanal. In 1976, the islands became self-governing, and they achieved independence two years later.

Ethnic violence broke out in 1998, the result of a number of armed militias. An Australian-led multinational force restored peace in 2003 and disarmed the militias.

In 2007, the islands were struck by a major earthquake and tsunami. The tsunami was estimated to be as high as 39 feet. It was triggered by an earthquake which measured 8.1 on the Richter Scale. The tsunami was believed to have caused 52 deaths and left thousands homeless.

In December of 2007, the country’s prime minister was ousted by a vote of no confidence in the Parliament. This was a first for the Solomon Islands.

The country is divided into 10 administrative zones. They are:

- Central
- Choiseul
- Guadalcanal
- Honiara (town)
- Isabel
- Makira-Ulawa
- Malaita
- Rennell and Bellona
- Temotu
- Western

Much of the country’s labor force is devoted to subsistence farming and fishing. Most petroleum and manufactured goods must be imported. Exports include timber, gold, palm oil, lead, zinc, nickel and copra. Tourism has also emerged as an important part of the economy.

In 2006, the population of the islands was estimated to be 552,438. Ethnically, most of these people were Melanesian, while small percentages are Micronesian and Polynesian.

The official language of the islands is English. Other commonly spoken languages include: Solomons Pijin, Melanesian languages, Polynesian languages and Micronesian languages.

Christianity is the dominant religion of the islands, with around 97% of the population adhering to its beliefs. The most popular denominations include: Church of Melanesia, Roman Catholic, Seventh-Day Adventist, South Seas Evangelical, United Church and the Christian Fellowship Church. Besides Christianity, Islam and indigenous religions are also practiced.

The official currency for the islands is the Solomon Islands dollar. In 2005, the GDP was estimated to be $1,894 per capita.

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