Facts

  • Population: 14.74 million
  • Major languages: Somali, Arabic, English, French, Italian
  • Major religion: Islam
  • Life expectancy: 55 years (men), 58 years (women)
  • Currency: Somali shilling (SOS)
    • 1 Somali Shilling (SOS) = 100 Centesimi
  • Electricity: 220 volts, 2-pole plugs,

Geography

  • Area: 637,657 sq km (246,201 sq miles)
  • Located in the Horn of Africa
  • Bordered by Ethiopia to the west, Djibouti to the northwest, the Gulf of Aden to the north, the Guardafui Channel and Indian Ocean to the east, and Kenya to the southwest.

Notes

  • Somalia has banned plastic bags

Somaliland

  • Officially itโ€™s part of Somalia, and officially the Republic of Somaliland, is a self-declared state, internationally considered to be an autonomous region of Somalia.
  • They have their own government, own currency, and their own visa-system.
  • Somaliland is considered safer that Somalia.
  • Visa is required for Somaliland
    • Can be obtained at the Somaliland consulate in Djibouti
    • There is no consulate in Kenya
  • Resources: Wikipedia ยป Somaliland Portal

Safety and Security

  • All of Somalia is considered one of the most dangerous destinations for travellers. (2019)
  • Many governments strongly recommended leaving Somalia.
  • Likewise, warnings are given against shipping, cruises, and yacht trips in waters off Somalia.
  • A large percentage of the worlds refugees come come Somalia,ย ย forcibly displaced due to the internalย conflict and recurring and severe drought. Most have settled in Kenya, Ethiopia, orย Yemen.

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