Want to learn some interesting facts about the countries of Africa? Take a look at these 21 interesting and fun facts about The Gambia
Gambia is a small, long and thin country in West Africa which follows the winding course of the Gambia River.
It is bordered by Senegal to the north, east and south, with a coastline along the North Atlantic Ocean to the west.
The coordinates for Gambia are 13.4667° N, 16.6000°
Flag of Gambia
Want to call your friends in Gambia? You’ll need the international dialling which is +220.
The terrain here is mostly flood plain along the Gambia River, flanked by some low hills and luscious forests.
The total land area of Gambia is 4,361 square miles (11,295 square kilometres).
This makes Gambia the smallest country in mainland Africa.
Gambia’s population was 2.28 million in 2018.
Much of the population descend from different tribes including Serahuli, Fula, Wolof and Mandinka.
Banjul, the capital city of Gambia
The capital is Banjul which covers an area of 4.6 square miles (12 square kilometres) and has a population of 35,000 (2019).
The average life span here is 61.44 years (2017).
Gambia was a British colony for two hundred years – from 1765 until 1965!
The residents of Gambia enjoy a tropical climate with 2 seasons. The hot, rainy season is June to November and the cooler, dry season is November to May.
The official language of Gambia is English, although Mandinka, Wolof and Fula are also spoken here.
In Gambia, business deals are apparently based on relationships and trust, rather than salesmanship.
Allegedly, no area of Gambia is populated by a single ethnic group.
During elections, Gambians vote using a stone in a private booth; they are presented with holes in the ground marked with each candidate, they drop the stone in the hole they choose and done! Very eco-friendly, saves on paper!
The Gambian Dalasi is the official currency here.
Gambia grows peanuts, rice, sorghum and millet, rears cattle, sheep and goats and catches fish.
Its industry consists of tourism, fish, processing peanuts, beverages and agricultural machinery assembly.
Gambia also exports fish, peanut products, palm kernels and cotton lint.
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