Countries in which Gambling is Legal
1. Liechtenstein -- only allows lotteries controlled by the national government
4. Antigua and Barbuda
5. United Kingdom
6. Costa Rica
13. Singapore (does not have any current laws against it except in a public place)
18. Czech Republic
20. Finland -- must be a Finnish resident with a Finnish bank account to play
31. France - does not allow companies within its borders, but its citizens can gamble on online websites
37. Aland Islands
40. St. Kitts and Nevis
43. Kahnawake (Indian territory in Quebec)
44. Netherlands Antilles
45. Northern Territory (Australia)
46. Isle of Man
50. Dominican Republic
51. Norfolk Island
52. South Africa (only certain websites, not BetFair)
53. Australian Capital Territory
54. Grand River Mohock Lands (Indian territory in Canada)
57. New South Wales (Australia)
58. Queensland (Australia)
59. Tasmania (Australia)
60. Victoria (Australia)
61. Western Australia (Australia)
62. Hutt River Province Principality
63. Maharashta (India)
65. North Korea
66. Solomon Islands
67. South Korea
71. St. Vincent
72. US Virgin Islands
1. United States
3. Hong Kong
6. The Netherlands
8. New Zealand
9. The Bahamas
10. South Korea
12. Saudi Arabia
Norway and Israel have been thinking of instituting a ban, and Australia has banned future companies from forming or locating there and their residents from gambling. Some companies locate there under provincial rules; however, they can't market to Australian residents.
Of the above countries, mainland China and Cyprus are rethinking their laws and are contemplating changing them so as to make gambling legal.
In Canada, it is illegal to set up a site but individual users' laws are left to the provinces. Some provinces and tribes have become places for online gambling websites to locate themselves, as you can see in places such as the Kahnawake tribe in the above listing.
In France, online companies cannot be located in the country, but French people are allowed to bet on sites.
Note: "Sharia" law from the Koran states that gambling is unacceptable. Muslim countries that practice sharia law as part of their government, therefore, do not allow gambling of any circumstances. These countries are included above. Turkey is officially a secular government but has taken actions against gamblers; however, if they join the European Union, they may have to loosen these laws a bit. In any case, they are certainly not as strict as many other Islamic nations are.
Overall, there are many different levels of legality involved with these countries-- some outlaw sites while allowing users to gamble, while some encourage sites but outlaw gamblers. The laws are often contradictory and sometimes don't make sense. Many times, it's simply a legal gray area where there is no direct legislation. In most countries, it is not that it is outlawed; it's simply that there are no rules to govern it.
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