Looking to up your stakes in the next pub quiz? Brush up on your worldly knowledge starting with these 24 facts about Djibouti!
- Djibouti is a tiny country in northeast Africa.
- It is bordered by Eritrea to the north, Somalia to the southeast and Ethiopia to the south and west; it also has a coastline along the Gulf of Aden to the east.
- To explore the stunning sandy beaches and incredible wildlife that Djibouti has to offer, head for the coordinates of 11.6000° N, 43.1667° E.
- The terrain here consists mostly of coastal plains and plateaus, separated by central mountains.
- The total land area of Djibouti is 8,958 square miles (23,200 square kilometres)…
- …that’s slightly larger than Wales.
- Djibouti’s population was 828,324 in 2015…
- …that’s less than 1/3 of the population of Wales!
- Residents here are known as Djiboutians.
- The capital is Djibouti; it covers an area of 240 square miles (630 square kilometres) and had a population of 529,000 in 2015.
- Djiboutians enjoy an arid desert climate with little rainfall and high temperatures all year round.
- Lake Assal in Djibouti is one of the saltiest bodies of water in the world! In fact, it’s even saltier than the famous Dead Sea!
- Lake Assal also happens to be one of the lowest points on earth, with its shoreline measuring an amazing 155m below sea level!
- Djibouti boasts many beautiful wild animals, including zebras, gazelles, hyenas, jackals, antelopes and warthogs.
- The official languages of Djibouti are French and Arabic.
- Djibouti gained independence from France in 1977.
- Djiboutian Franc is the official currency here.
- Fancy hanging out with the locals? Be prepared to chew some qat, a medicinal and mildly narcotic plant!
- The average life span here is 63 years.
- A night out in Djibouti can be a costly thing as taxi fares increase by around 50% after sunset!
- Djibouti grows fruits and vegetables; they also rear goats, sheep and camels.
- Its industry consists of construction, shipping and agricultural processing.
- The main exports are re-exports including hides, skins and coffee.
- Do you know someone lucky enough to live in Djibouti? You can make cheap calls to Djibouti with Cherry Call – don’t forget, you’ll also need to use the international dialling code of 00253.
To keep up-to-date with what’s going on in Djibouti, head over to the La Nation 1er Quotidien Djiboutien website, but beware because it’s in French!