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Countries of the World: Djibouti
Resources about Djibouti including maps, facts about the land, people, history, government, political conditions, and economy.

Economy of Djibouti GDP (2008 est.): $982 million. Adjusted per capita income: $3,700 (est. 2008; based on purchasing power parity). Natural resources: Minerals (salt, perlite, gold, gypsum, limestone) and energy resources (geothermal, wind, and solar). Agriculture (less than 3% of GDP): Products--livestock, fishing, and limited commercial crops, including fruits and vegetables. Industry: Types--banking and insurance (12.5% of GDP), public administration (22% of GDP), construction and public works, manufacturing, commerce, and agriculture. Trade (2006 est.): Imports--$1.555 billion: consists of basic commodities, including food and beverages, pharmaceutical drugs, transport equipment, chemicals, and petroleum products. Exports--$340 million: re-exports, hides and skins, and coffee (in-transit). Major markets (2004)--France, Ethiopia, Somalia, India, China, and Saudi Arabia and other Arabian peninsula countries.

Geography of Djibouti Area: 23,180 sq. km; slightly smaller than Massachusetts. Cities: Capital--Djibouti. Other cities--Dikhil, Arta, Ali- Sabieh, Obock, Tadjourah. Terrain: Coastal desert. Climate: Torrid and dry.

Government of Djibouti Type: Republic. Constitution: Ratified September 1992 by referendum. Independence: June 27, 1977. Branches: Executive--president. Legislative--65-member parliament, cabinet, prime minister. Judicial--based on French civil law system, traditional practices, and Islamic law. Administrative subdivisions: 6 regions (districts)--Ali- Sabieh, Arta, Dikhil, Djibouti City, Obock, and Tadjourah. Political parties: People's Rally for Progress (RPP); National Democratic Party (PND); Front For The Restoration of Unity and Democracy (FRUD); Djibouti Development Party (PDD); People’s Social Democratic Party (PPSD); Republican Alliance for Democracy (ARD); Union for Democracy and Justice (UDJ); Union of Reform Partisans (UPR). Suffrage: Universal at 18. National holiday: Independence Day, June 27 (1977).

Map of Djibouti This Map of Djibouti shows the borders of the country, as well as rivers, and cities including Djibouti the capital of Djibouti. (Maps from the U.S. State Department)

Official Name of Djibouti The Official Name of Djibouti is the Republic of Djibouti. (Facts from the U.S. State Department)

People of Djibouti Nationality: Noun and adjective--Djiboutian(s). Population (2009 est.): 516,055. Annual growth rate (2009 est.): 1.903%. Ethnic groups: Somali, Afar, Ethiopian, Arab, French, and Italian. Religions: Muslim 94%, Christian 6%. Languages: French and Arabic (official); Somali and Afar widely used. Education: Literacy--67.9%. Health: Infant mortality rate--97.51/1,000. Life expectancy-- 43.37 years. Work force: Low employment rate. The largest employers are the Government of Djibouti, including telecommunications and electricity; Port of Djibouti; and airport. The U.S. Government, including the U.S. military base at Camp Lemonier, is also a large employer. Able-bodied unemployed population (est. 2007)--59%.

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