• Officially: The Republic of Djibouti
  • Capital: Djibouti

Facts

  • Population: 942,000
  • Languages: French, Arabic, Somali, Afar
  • Religion: Islam
  • Life expectancy: 61 years (men), 64 years (women)
  • Currency: Djiboutian franc

Geography

  • Area: 23,200 sq km (8,950 sq miles)
  • A tiny nation located on the horn of Africa, at the entrance to the Suez Canal, one of the world’s busiest shipping routes

Notes

  • Its port is the lifeblood of its economy
  • Djibouti serves as the main gateway for trade for landlocked Ethiopia
  • France maintains a significant military presence. Location of USA’s largest military base in Africa,

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