Overview of Djibouti

Overview of Djibouti Last updated on Monday 19th April 2010

Overview Djibouti

Official Name

Republic of Djibouti (République de Djibouti)

Administrative divisions:
5 districts.
Location

An arid coastal zone around the Gulf of Tadjoura, Djibouti is just north of the Horn of Africa on the ::I strait at the southern entrance to the Red Sea.

Area

8,949 sq. miles (23,180 sq. km)

Independence

26 June 1977

President Hassan Gouled Aptidon

Capital

Djibouti 450,000 people (1989).

Other cities:

Ali-Sabieh 4,000 people; Tadjoura 3,500; Dikhil 3,000 (1989).

Population

580,000 (estimation of January 1995)

Languages

Arabic is the official language, but French is widely spoken.

Religion

Islam -- with a very few Christians

Currency

Djibouti franc divided into 100 centimes

National Holiday

June 27 ( Independence Day)

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