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People's Democratic Republic of Algeria

الجمهورية الجزائرية الديمقراطية الشعبية (Arabic)<
Motto: بالشّعب وللشّعب
By the people and for the people[1][2]
Anthem: Kassaman
(English: "We Pledge")
Location of  Algeria  (dark green)
Location of  Algeria  (dark green)
Location of Algeria
and largest city
36°42′N 3°13′E / 36.700°N 3.217°E / 36.700; 3.217
Official languages
Other languagesFrench (business and education)[5]
Ethnic groups
GovernmentUnitary semi-presidential constitutional republic
• President
Abdelmadjid Tebboune
Abdelaziz Djerad
Council of the Nation
People's National Assembly
Independence from France
• Declared
3 July 1962
• Recognised
5 July 1962
• Total
2,381,741 km2 (919,595 sq mi) (10th)
• Water (%)
• 2016 estimate
40,400,000[6] (33rd)
• 2013 census
• Density
15.9/km2 (41.2/sq mi) (208th)
GDP (PPP)2017 estimate
• Total
$634.746 billion[7]
• Per capita
GDP (nominal)2017 estimate
• Total
$173.947 billion[7]
• Per capita
Gini (1995)35.3[8]
HDI (2017)Increase 0.782[9]
high · 83rd
CurrencyDinar (DZD)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
Date formatdd/mm/yyyy
Driving sideright[10]
Calling code+213
ISO 3166 codeDZ
Algeria on a world map

Algeria (/ælˈɪəriə/ (About this soundlisten) or /ɔːl-/), officially the People's Democratic Republic of Algeria, is a former French colony and the largest country in Africa. It is part of the Maghreb region of Northwest Africa. Algiers is the capital. It is bordered by the Mediterranean Sea in the north, Tunisia in the northeast, Libya in the east, Niger in the southeast, Mauritania and Mali in the southwest, Western Sahara in the west and Morocco in the northwest.

History[change | change source]

People have lived in Algeria for for thousands of years, which can be seen in the cave paintings at Tassili National Park that date to around 7000BC. By 600 BC, Phoenicians were in Hippo Regius (now called Annaba), Rusicade (now Skikda), and Tipasa in the central coastal part of the country. The Romans would annex (take over) the region by the conclusion of the Punic Wars in 146BC, with what is now modern day Algeria staying in Roman hands till the fall of the Roman Empire in the 5th century and the region being taken over by the Germanic Vandals.

Algeria would become part of the islamic world when the first Muslim Arabs came to Algeria in the mid-7th century, resulting in many people converting to the new religion of islam. In the 11th century, the Arab tribes of Banu Hilal and Banu Sulaym were living between Tunisia and eastern Algeria (Constantois). The famous mathematician, Fibonacci (1170—1250) lived in Algeria as a teenager. This is where he learned the Hindu–Arabic numeral system and realized it was simpler to use. In the 1500s and 1700s, the Spanish Empire ruled a lot of Algeria. Algeria was made part of the Ottoman Empire in 1517.

France colonized Algeria starting in 1830. In 1954, the National Liberation Front (Front de Libération Nationale or FLN) wanted freedom from France. They fought a war. It became independent from France in July 5, 1962.

In 1963 Ahmed Ben Bella became the first President of Algeria.

The Algerian Civil War started in 1991. It ended in 2002. the government stopped the state of emergency on 24 February 2011.

Geography[change | change source]

A large part of southern Algeria is the Sahara Desert. The Aures and Nememcha mountain ranges are in the north. The highest point is Mount Tahat (3,003 m).

Languages[change | change source]

The official languages of the country are Arabic as a first language and Berber as a second language. Many people speak French, too.

Population[change | change source]

Algeria's population is about 39.5 million people. There are over 40 cities with more than 100,000 people.

Politics[change | change source]

The Parliament of Algeria is made up of two chambers:[11]

Divisions[change | change source]

There are 48 provinces (since 1983) in Algeria, they are:

UNESCO World Heritage Sites[change | change source]

There are several UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Algeria[12] including Al Qal'a of Beni Hammad, the first capital of the Hammadid empire; Tipasa, a Phoenician and later Roman town; and Djémila and Timgad, both Roman ruins; M'Zab Valley, a limestone valley containing a large urbanized oasis; also the Casbah of Algiers is an important citadel. The only natural World Heritage Sites is the Tassili n'Ajjer, a mountain range.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Constitution of Algeria, Art. 11" (in Arabic). Archived from the original on 18 July 2012. Retrieved 17 January 2013.
  2. "Constitution of Algeria; Art. 11". 28 November 1996. Archived from the original on 25 July 2013. Retrieved 17 January 2013.
  3. "Constitution of Algeria; Art. 3". 28 November 1996. Archived from the original on 25 July 2013. Retrieved 17 January 2013.
  4. "APS" (PDF). Algeria Press Service. 6 January 2016. Archived from the original (PDF) on 22 May 2016. Retrieved 6 January 2016.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 "The World Factbook – Algeria". Central Intelligence Agency. 4 December 2013. Archived from the original on 13 October 2012. Retrieved 24 December 2013.
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Démographie (ONS)". ONS. 19 January 2016. Archived from the original on 6 March 2012. Retrieved 19 January 2014.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 Algeria. International Monetary Fund
  8. Staff. "Distribution of Family Income – Gini Index". The World Factbook. Central Intelligence Agency. Archived from the original on 23 July 2010. Retrieved 1 September 2009.
  9. "2015 Human Development Report" (PDF). United Nations Development Programme. 14 December 2015. pp. 21–25. Retrieved 14 December 2015.
  10. Geoghegan, Tom (7 September 2009). "Could the UK drive on the right?". BBC News. Retrieved 14 January 2013.
  11. "Embassy of Algeria in Iran - Political Institution - The National People's Assembly". Retrieved 2015-08-01.
  12. UNESCO. "UNESCO World Heritage Centre". Retrieved 25 September 2011.
  1. The CIA World Factbook states that about 15% of Algerians, a minority, identify as Berber even though many Algerians have Berber origins. The Factbook explains that of the approximately 15% who identify as Berber, most live in the Kabylie region, more closely identify with Berber heritage instead of Arab heritage, and are Muslim.

Other websites[change | change source]

  • Media related to Algeria at Wikimedia Commons
  • Algeria travel guide from Wikivoyage