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Information about Djibouti
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Interesting Facts

  • Lake Assal of Djibouti is actually the lowest point in Africa but is only the second lowest point on Earth.
  • The two official languages are French and Arabic, but they are not the most commonly spoken languages in Djibouti.
  • The most commonly spoken languages are Somali and Afar.
  • Djibouti men commonly chew a leafy plant that produces a mildly stimulating effect called Khat.
  • A closed fist with the thumb touching the bottom of your own chin denotes “full.” An example of this would be a full tank of gas.

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Information about Djibouti

  • What the people are called: Djiboutian
  • total area of Djibouti: 22,000 sq km
    • land area: 21,980 sq km
    • water area: 20 sq km
  • Population: 879,000
  • Currency: Djiboutian Franc
  • Driving: they drive on the right side
  • Government: Semi-presidential Republic.
    • President: Ismail Omar Guelleh
    • Prime Minister: Dileita Mohamed Dileita
  • Birth rate: 41.23 births/1,000 population
  • Death rate: 14.41 deaths/1,000 population
  • Ethnic groups: Somali 60%, Afar 35%, French, Arab, Ethiopian, and Italian 5%
  • Religions: Muslim 94%, Christian 6%
  • Imports: $200.5 million
  • Imports: foods, beverages, transport equipment, chemicals, petroleum products
  • Agriculture: there is very little because of water shortages
  • Infant mortality rate: 102.4 deaths/1 000 live births
  • Life expectancy: 54 years (men), 57 years (women)
  • Main exports: hides and skins, coffee
  • Coastline: 314 km
  • Terrain: Coast plain and plateau separated by central Mountains
  • Natural Resources: gold, clay, granite, limestone, marble, salt
  • Literacy Rate: 46.2%
  • Unemployment: 50% in 2004
  • Agriculture products: fruits, veggies, goats, sheep, camels, animal skins.
  • Industries: construction, agriculture processing
  • Land Use:
    • (Arable Land) 0.04%
    • (Other land)99.96%
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Tourist Info

  • The internet domain is .dj
  • The international dialing code is 253
  • Natural hazards are earthquakes, droughts
  • the climate is mostly warm, dry desert
  • National Holiday: Independence Day, June 27th
  • Environmental Issues: limited arable land, little water, endangered species.
  • A passport, visa, and evidence of yellow fever vaccination are required to enter and leave the country.
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  • Djibouti is split into five regions and one city.
  • the regions are
    • the Obock region
    • the Tadjourah region
    • the Dikhil region
    • the Arta region
    • the Ali Sabieh region
  • the city is
    • Djibouti city
Regions of Djibouti
Regions of Djibouti
Relative location of Djibouti
Relative location of Djibouti

location of Djibouti in Africa
location of Djibouti in Africa

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  • December 10th 1966- The French African aid budget was more than $3 billion
  • June 27th 1977- Djibouti gained independence from France
  • July 19th 1994- Seven people were killed and eight injured when a grenade was thrown into a field where people were watching the World Cup on television
  • November 26th 1999- Sudan signed a peace agreement with the Umma Party in Djibouti to end the 16-year old civil war
  • 2001- The Djibouti government gave the US military free land
  • March 22nd 2008- Population of Djibouti was about 800,000.
  • June 10th 2008- Fighting between Djibouti and Eritrea killed nine and wounded 60 others.
  • July 28th 2008- Tarek bin Laden signed a deal with Djibouti to build Noor City
  • April 2010- Parliament allows the president to run for a third term.
  • June 2010- Eritrea and Djibouti agree to resolve their border dispute peacefully.
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