Welcome to the place that hopes to become the "Dubai" of East Africa
Djibouti is geographically located on the easternmost projection of the African continent with in the Horn of Africa uniquely positioned on the southern side of the gulf of Aden along the worlds busiest shipping route with 21,000 ships passing through the Gulf every year.
The Republic of Djibouti covers total land area of 23,200 square kilometer and occupies the only entrance of the Red Sea flowing into the Indian Ocean.
The total length of its coastline is 372 kilometers.
As is common with many African countries, the official languages arent actually the most prevelant. About 15% of djiboutian speak French, and arabic has a religious importance but the common language is Somali with 70% speakers, followed by afar at 32% speakers. You would struggle to get by in day to day life in Djibouti if you didnt speak at least a little Somali.
Djibouti has a homicide rate of 5 per 100,000 which is very high. And is comparable to Detroit in the USA. Hopefully all of these infrastructure projects that Djibouti is planning will enable the country to become wealthy and thus lower homicide rates.
|Official name||Republic of Djibouti|
|Head of state||President Ismael Omar Guelleh|
|President, prime minister, Council of Ministers|
|National holiday||Independence Day, 27 June 1977 (from France; formerly French Territory of the Afars and Issas)|
|Language||Arabic and French (official), Somali, Afar|
|Time zone||8 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time|
|Currency||Djiboutan franc (Dfr)
|GDP per capita||$1,203|
|Real GDP growth||2.5 %|
|Consumer price inflation||1.2%|
|External debt||$238 million|
|Principal growth sectors||Re-export services, fishing|
|Total exports||$197 million|
|Total imports||$636 million|
|US exports to Djibouti||$56 million|
|US imports from Djibouti
5 districts (cercles, singular - cercle); `Ali Sabih, Dikhil, Djibouti, Obock, Tadjoura
Capital: Djibouti city
- Constitution: Partial constitution ratified January 1981 by the National Assembly
- Legislative Branch: National Assembly (Assemblee Nationale)
- Judicial Branch: Supreme Court (Cour Supreme)
- Political Parties: Peoples Progress Assembly (RPP)
- Elections: National Assembly
- Defense Expenditures: Exchange rate conversion - $29.9 million
- Military Branches: Djibouti National Army (including Navy and Air Force), National Security Force (Force Nationale de Securite), National Police Force
- Manpower Availability: Males 15-49, 96,150; 56,077 fit for military service