Algeria

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INFORMATION

Capital: Algiers

Government: Republic

Current President: Abdelaziz Bouteflika

Economy:

  • Hydrocarbons (natural gas, oil) contribute ~60% of budget revenues, 30% of GDP, and over 95% of export earnings.
  • Ranks 16th in the world in oil reserves.

Population: 38, 813,000 (2014)

Land Size: 2.4 million sq km (919,595 sq miles)

Major Ethic Groups:

  • Arab-Berber: 99%
  • European: < 1%
Religions:

  • Sunni Muslim (state religion): 99%
  • Christian and Jewish: 1%

Language(s):

  • Arabic (official)
  • French
  • Tamazight (Kabylie)
  • Other Berber dialects

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RECENT NEWS

  • Tue - Feb 21, 2017: Merkel's Algeria Visit Called Off As Bouteflika Falls Ill - AllAfrica News: Algeria
    [Deutsche Welle] Chancellor Merkel's visit to Algeria has been called off because President Bouteflika is too sick to meet. The two-day trip was part of an effort to stem migration from North Africa in an election year in Germany.
  • Tue - Feb 21, 2017: The Algerian Dream of Travelling to Europe - AllAfrica News: Algeria
    [Deutsche Welle] Berlin is under pressure to deport refugees from so-called "safe countries of origin" back to their homelands. But a country like Algeria has other challenges to overcome before it takes back its people.
  • Mon - Feb 20, 2017: French Presidential Candidate Macron Slams Critics of Algeria Remarks - AllAfrica News: Algeria
    [RFI] French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron on Friday slammed opponents for "exploiting" his declaration that French colonialism was a "crime against humanity" for electoral ends. He also claimed that Ukraine-based hackers were repeatedly attacking the website of his election campaign.
  • Sat - Feb 11, 2017: New Judges Appointed to the African Court On Human and Peoples' Rights - AllAfrica News: Algeria
    [Nation] Two new judges have been appointed to the African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights.
  • Thu - Feb 9, 2017: Angola and Algeria Analyze Dynamism of Cultural Cooperation - AllAfrica News: Algeria
    [ANGOP] Luanda -The re-launch and stimulation of cultural cooperation marked the audience of the Culture Minister, Carolina Cerqueira, to the Algerian ambassador to Angola, Larbi Latrach.