• 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
  • Lac Assal is the lowest point on the African continent at 155 meters below the sea level

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

Overlanding

  • Importing a car into the country via the port can be an African bureaucraticย nightmare. It took these guys 11 days to clear customs, and even with that they were told to leave the country immediately.

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