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Somalia is a white-level online gambling jurisdiction because it's not specifically known what level of legality or enforcement is available.

Somalia is a country on the eastern coast of Africa. It borders Djibouti to the north, Ethiopia to the west and Kenya to the south-west. It also borders the Arabian Sea to the north-east and the Indian Ocean to the east and south-east.

Overview

Gambling is explicitly illegal in Somalia. This is a result of them being a highly-Muslim country with about 95 percent of their citizens belonging to this particular religion. However, there is no specific mention of online gambling in their laws, so this creates an uncertainty that hinges on whether their current laws include gambling on the Internet. This hasn't been tested in court, and there have been no announcements regarding the interpretation of the law, so it's hard to say what the current state is from the player perspective.

It's unlikely for online gambling to be regulated in this country at any point in the near future. Their religious influence is far too strong to be overcome at this point by the advantages of regulating online gambling for the government (ie: revenues).

Licensing

No licensing board or processes for any type of gambling exist in Somalia. The only chance that they really have of getting a licensing process and regulation over the next several decades is if they get leadership that wants to build revenues for the government using this industry. That's unlikely to happen, but in the case that it did happen, it would be unlikely to mean much. In previous situations where heavily-religious countries have regulated the industry, a majority of the time it leads to weak, "rubber stamp" style licenses that don't come with much, if any, enforcement.

Player Protection

Since there's no licensing board, there's also no player protection in Somalia. What's more is that it's possible that government would interpret current law to mean that online gambling is illegal, though that determination has not yet been clarified. Along these lines, players are advised to be very careful about gambling on the Internet since potential punishments and the legality of doing so have not been established. If you do choose to play online, make sure to do so with companies that have a good reputation for paying out when they are supposed to since you have no government bodies to complain to if they demonstrate rogue behavior.

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