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Learn more about Djibouti.
Flag of Djibouti Djibouti
Population: 466,900 (July 2004 est.)
Capital: Djibouti
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An Introduction to Djibouti
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 three consecutive six-year terms as president. Unrest among the Afars minority during the 1990s led to multi-party elections resulting in President Ismail Omar GUELLEH attaining office in May 1999. A peace accord in 2001 ended the final phases of a ten-year uprising by Afar rebels. Djibouti occupies a very strategic geographic location at the mouth of the Red Sea and serves as an important transshipment location for goods entering and leaving the east African highlands. GUELLEH favors close ties to France, which maintains a significant military presence in the country.

Djibouti map

Map of Djibouti ( Location ) : 11 30 N, 43 00 E, Eastern Africa, bordering the Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea, between Eritrea and Somalia. For additional reports and educational information specific to Djibouti, refer to the Country Info menubar to the upper right.

About the Flag The Djiboutian Flag
Two equal horizontal bands of light blue (top) and light green with a white isosceles triangle based on the hoist side bearing a red five-pointed star in the center.

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Some interesting facts and figures about Djibouti.

Pop Growth Rate / Year:
    • 2.1%

Avg. Life Expectancy:
    • 41.83 yrs - Male
    • 44.44 yrs - Female

Phone Lines:
    • 9,500 (2003)

    • 28,000 (1997)

    • 52,000 (1997)

Internet Code:
    • .dj

Did you know ... People from Djibouti are called Djiboutians

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Data Source: Central Intelligence Agency 2004 World Factbook