interesting facts about Djibouti

23 Diverse Facts about Djibouti

Looking to up your stakes in the next pub quiz? Brush up on your worldly knowledge starting with these 23 interesting facts about Djibouti!

Geographical stats…

  1. Djibouti is a tiny country in northeast Africa.
  2. It is bordered by Eritrea to the north, Somalia to the southeast and Ethiopia to the south and west; it also has a coastline along the Gulf of Aden to the east.
  3. To explore the stunning sandy beaches and incredible wildlife that Djibouti has to offer, head for the coordinates of 11.6000° N, 43.1667° E.
Facts of Djibouti

Flag of Djibouti

  1. The terrain here consists mostly of coastal plains and plateaus, separated by central mountains.
  2. The total land area of Djibouti is 8,958 square miles (23,200 square kilometres)…
  3. …that’s slightly larger than Wales.
  4. Djibouti’s population was 958,920 in 2018…
  5. …that’s less than 1/3 of the population of Wales!
  6. Residents here are known as Djiboutians.
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Salt Lake, Djibouti

  1. The capital is Djibouti City; it covers an area of 240 square miles (630 square kilometres) and had a population of 529,000 in 2015.
  2. Djiboutians enjoy an arid desert climate with little rainfall and high temperatures all year round.
  3. Lake Assal in Djibouti is one of the saltiest bodies of water in the world! In fact, it’s even saltier than the famous Dead Sea!
  1. Lake Assal also happens to be one of the lowest points on Earth, with its shoreline measuring an amazing 155m below sea level!
  2. Djibouti boasts many beautiful wild animals, including zebras, gazelles, hyenas, jackals, antelopes and warthogs.

Social intricacies

  1. The official languages of Djibouti are French and Arabic.
  2. Djibouti gained independence from France in 1977.
  3. Djiboutian Franc is the official currency here.

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  1. Fancy hanging out with the locals? Be prepared to chew some qat, a medicinal and mildly narcotic plant!
  2. The average life span here is 65.89 years (2017).
  3. A night out in Djibouti can be a costly thing as taxi fares increase by around 50% after sunset!
fun facts about djibouti

Lac Abbe, Djibouti

Industry insights…

  1. Djibouti grows fruits and vegetables; they also rear goats, sheep and camels.
  2. Its industry consists of construction, shipping and agricultural processing.
  3. The main exports are re-exports including hides, skins and coffee.

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