16 Interesting Facts about Algeria

    1. Algeria is the gateway between Europe and Africa – it’s located in northwest Africa, on the Mediterranean coast and also shares borders with Morocco, Mauritania, Mali, Niger, Libya, and Tunisia.
    2. Algeria is the largest country in Africa.
    3. In 2013 the population was 21 million.
    4. Algeria has a total area of 919,595 square miles (2,381,740 square kilometres)…
    5. …the Sahara desert covers more than four-fifths of this.
    6. Because of this, more than 90 percent of the population live on the coast, which equates to a mere 12 percent of the country’s land!
    7. Surprisingly, sand covers less than a fifth of the vast Sahara! The rest of the desert landscape is an unforgiving world of stark mountains, gravel plains and dry salt lakes.
    8. Algiers is Algeria’s capital city with a population of 3 million.

  1. Whilst Algiers and Oran are home to lots of big shops like we see on our high streets, the majority of towns in Algeria have a poorly developed retail sector and you’ll only see small family-owned shops, farmer’s markets, and temporary roadside stands.
  2. The currency here is called the Algerian Dinar.
  3. It’s estimated that 35 percent of the population are below the age of 14 and just 4 percent are older than 65.
  4. Despite bordering the Mediterranean Sea, fishing is not Algeria’s main industry, it is actually oil and gas that are this country’s main export.
  5. Agriculturally, Algeria produces wheat, barley, oats, grapes and sheep.
  6. The French ruled Algeria from 1830-1962 – a long 132 year rule.
  7. For generations, French vintners transformed Algeria’s best land into grape cultivation and in doing so made their colony the world’s major wine exporter! Sounds perfect.
  8. The international dialling code for Algeria is 00213.  Should you wish to read how to make cheap calls to Algeria, simply click here.

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