Facts about Djibouti
Republic of Djibouti, is a country in the Horn of Africa. It is
bordered by Eritrea in the north, Ethiopia in the west and south, and
Somalia in the southeast. The remainder of the border is formed by the
Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden.
Djibouti was a French
colony from 1896 until 1946 and a territory from 1946 until its
independence in 1977. It was called French Somaliland from 1896 to
1967 and the French Territory of Afars and Issas from 1967 to 1977.
The French Territory of the Afars and the Issas became Djibouti in
1977. Hassan Gouled APTIDON installed an authoritarian one-party state
and proceeded to serve as president until 1999.
COUNTRY DESCRIPTION: Djibouti mapDjibouti map Djibouti is a developing
African country located at the juncture of the Red Sea and the Indian
Ocean. It is a multi-party democracy with a legal system based on
French civil law (Djibouti was a French colony until 1977.), though
modified by traditional practices and Islamic (Sharia) law.
About two-thirds of the Republic of Djibouti's inhabitants live in the
capital city. The indigenous population is divided between the
majority Somalis (predominantly of the Issa tribe, with minority Issaq
and Gadabursi representation) and the Afars (Danakils). All are
Cushitic-speaking peoples, and nearly all are Muslim.
Djibouti is in East Africa, bordered by Eritrea to the north,
Ethiopia to the west and south, and Somalia to the southeast. The Gulf
of Aden lies to the east.
Djibouti may be one of the tiniest,
youngest and least-known nations in Africa, but it could also well be
the most talented or, depending on your perspective, the most
Djibouti, officially the Republic of Djibouti, is a small country on
the northeast coast of the Horn of Africa. Through close contacts with
the Arabian Peninsula for more than a thousand years, the Somali and
Afar tribes in this region became among the first on the African
continent to accept Islam.
Map of DjiboutiMap of Djibouti
Republic of Djibouti
President: Ismail Omar Guelleh (1999)
Prime Minister: Dileita Mohamed Dileita (2001)
Land area: 8,486 sq mi (21,979 sq km); total area: 8,880 sq mi (23,000
Population (2009 est.
The Republic of Djibouti gained its independence on June 27, 1977. It
is the successor to French Somaliland (later called the French
Territory of the Afars and Issas), which was created in the first half
of the 19th century as a result of French interest in the Horn of
Location of Djibouti City in Djibouti
Coordinates: 11°36′N 43°10′E / 11.6°N 43.167°E / 11.6; 43.
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The capital and largest city of Djibouti, in the southeast part of the
country on an inlet of the Gulf of Aden. It was founded by the French
in 1888. Population: 623,000.
Embassy in Djibouti, Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa,
and Camp Lemonnier took part in a rare and unique ceremony on Memorial
Day to honor American-born Royal Canadian Air Force Pilot Officer
Lawrence R. Maguire who died when his plane crashed in Djibouti during
World War II.
The Republic of Djibouti is a nation of north-east Africa, bounded by
Eritrea, Ethiopia and the breakaway Somaliland region of Somalia; it
faces on to the Gulf of Aden, an arm of the Indian Ocean, at the
entance to the Red Sea.
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Djibouti is a country in northeast Africa bordered by Eritrea,
Ethiopia, Somalia, the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden.
Djibouti was a French colony from 1896
until 1946 and a territory from 1946 until its independence in 1977.
It was called French Somaliland from 1896 to 1967 and the French
Territory of Afars and Issas from 1967 to 1977. Population: 496,000.
Agence Djiboutienne d'Information
In French. Current news from the government press agency.