Looking to increase your chances of being crowned the next pub quiz team winners? Brush up on your worldly knowledge, starting with these 23 facts about Eritrea!
- Eritrea is a beautiful, hot and sunny country in Africa.
- It is bordered by Djibouti to the southeast, Ethiopia to the south and Sudan to the west; it also has a coastline along the Red Sea to the east.
- To experience Eritrea for yourself, head for the coordinates of 15.3333° N, 38.9167° E.
- The terrain here is mixed, with coastal desert plains in the east, hills in the northwest, flat-to-rolling plains in the southwest and highlands in the south and centre.
- The total land area of Eritrea is 46,774 square miles (121,144 square kilometres)…
- …that’s around half the size of the UK.
- Eritrea’s population was 6,527,689 in 2015…
- …that’s around 1/10th of the UK population!
- Residents here are known as Eritreans.
- The capital is Asmara; it covers an area of 4,694 square miles (12,158 square kilometres) and had a population of 804,000 in 2015.
- Eritreans living in the west enjoy a semiarid climate, whilst those in the centre enjoy cooler and wetter weather, and those living along the coast experience a hot, dry, desert type climate.
- Eritrea boasts part of the Afar Triangle, also known as the Afar Depression, which is one of the hottest places on earth!
- Despite having such a hot climate, Eritrea is home to elephants, manatees, aardvarks, bushbabies, hares, hedgehogs, panthers, lions, leopards, hyaenas, polecats, foxes, wild dogs, donkeys, otters, warthogs, giraffes and gazelles!
- Of the 250 species of coral found in Eritrea’s waters, around 20% are endemic and thus aren’t found anywhere else in the world!
- Eritrea doesn’t actually have an official language, however, Tigrigna, Arabic and English are the most commonly spoken.
- Eritrea has been ruled by Italy and the UK, before finally gaining independence from Ethiopia in 1993.
- Eritrean Nakfa is the official currency here.
- Since gaining independence, Eritrea has had several elections scheduled, but one has never actually been held!
- The average life span here is 64 years.
- Eritrea grows vegetables, lentils, sorghum, cotton, corn, sisal and tobacco; they also rear livestock, including goats, and catch fish.
- Its industry consists of food processing, beverages, light manufacturing, clothing, textiles, cement and salt.
- The main exports include gold and other minerals, livestock, textiles, food, sorghum and small manufactures.
- Do you know someone lucky enough to live in Eritrea? You can make cheap calls to Eritrea with Cherry Call – don’t forget, you’ll also need to use the international dialling code of 00291.
To keep up-to-date with what’s going on in Eritrea, head over to the Tesfa News website.