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Tuvaluan Gambling Information

There is no organized gambling on the island nation of Tuvalu. This is primarily due to its small size, poor economy and lack of tourism. There is, however, no indication that gambling is actually illegal in Tuvalu.

Facts About Tuvalu

Located in the Pacific Ocean, Tuvalu is found halfway between Australia and Hawaii. Fiji, Samoa and Kiribati are its closest neighbors. The island nation is made up of five atolls and four reef islands, with a total land area of just 10 square miles (only Vatican City is smaller).

Local government districts include:

- Funafuti
- Nanumea
- Nui
- Nukufetau
- Nukulaelae
- Vaitupu
- Nanumanga
- Niulakita
- Niutao

The first people to inhabit the islands which make up Tuvalu were Polynesian. In the 19th century, the islands came under British control. Once a part of the British protectorate of Ellice Islands, the residents voted in 1974 to have separate dependency status.

At this point, they became known as Tuvalu, and they were fully independent by 1978. In 1979, they signed a treaty of friendship with the United States and reclaimed four islands previously claimed by the U.S. In 2000, Tuvalu became a member of the United Nations.

Queen Elizabeth II is recognized as the Queen of Tuvalu. She is represented by a Governor General.

Over the next 100 years, many experts fear that changes in sea level brought about by global warming could result in the literal submersion of Tuvalu. Some have even went so far as to call for the relocation of all residents to either Fiji, Australia or New Zealand.

The nation has no real natural resources and must rely on foreign aid. Farming and fishing take place, but this is more a matter of survival than an actual career. The only reliable paying jobs are in government work.

Selling stamps and coins provides the government with some revenue, as do worker remittances and fishing licenses. In 1998, Tuvalu began selling use of its area code for “900” numbers. While these mostly started as adult lines, the gambling industry has since become involved, as well. The country also sold the use of its “.tv” domain name, and it is often believed that Tuvalu obtained a seat in the U.N. with money raised from the sale.

Since 1980, the island population has doubled. In 2006, it was estimated that 11,810 people lived on Tuvalu. The large majority are of Polynesian descent.

Ninety-seven percent of residents belong to the Church of Tuvalu, a Protestant church. Other religions on the island include Baha’i and Seventh-Day Adventist.

The dominant language on the island is Tuvaluan, and it is spoken by all residents. English is considered an official language, as well, but it is not spoken in daily life.

Each island family is responsible for performing a specific task for the good of the community. For example, one family might build houses, while another family fishes. These skills are passed down from father to son.

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