The Gambia



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Capital: Banjul

Government: Unitary Presidential Republic

Current President: Adama Barrow


  • Gambia has sparse natural resource deposits and a limited agricultural base, and relies in part on remittances from workers overseas and tourist receipts.
  • About three-quarters of the population depends on the agricultural sector for its livelihood and the sector provides for about one-third of GDP.
  • In 2011, tourism contributed about one-fifth of GDP.

Population: 1,925,000 (2014)

Land Size: 11,295 sq km (4,361 sq miles)

Major Ethnic Groups:

  • Mandinka: 42%
  • Fula: 18%
  • Wolof: 16%,
  • Jola: 10%
  • Serahuli: 9%
  • Other: 4%)
  • Non-African: 1% (2003 census)

  • Muslim: 90%
  • Christian: 8%
  • African Indigenous Religions: 2%


  • English (official)
  • Mandinka
  • Wolof
  • Fula
  • other indigenous vernaculars



  • Thu - Jun 22, 2017: SBEC Donates to SOS Orphanage - AllAfrica News: Gambia
    [The Point] The student council of Sbec International School yesterday donated materials and school items to the SOS Orphanage in Bakoteh.
  • Thu - Jun 22, 2017: Barrow Commissions New Ferry - AllAfrica News: Gambia
    [The Point] A new ferry initiated by the government of former President Yahya Jammeh was commissioned by President Adama Barrow on Wednesday in Banjul.
  • Thu - Jun 22, 2017: GFF Confirms Gambia's Involvement in Wafu Zone a Tourney - AllAfrica News: Gambia
    [The Point] The Gambia Football Federation has confirmed Gambia's participation in the WAFU Zone A football tournament to be hosted in Ghana in September 2017.
  • Thu - Jun 22, 2017: Fifth Prosecution Witness Testifies in Soldier's Trial - AllAfrica News: Gambia
    [The Point] Famara Kambi, the fifth prosecution witness in the case involving Babucarr Njie, a soldier found with a gun at King Fahd Mosque in Banjul, testified on 19 June 2017 before Magistrate Janneh-Njie of the Banjul Magistrates' Court.
  • Thu - Jun 22, 2017: We Stand Together #withrefugees - AllAfrica News: Gambia
    [The Point] As The Gambia joined the global community on 20 June in commemorating World Refugee Day, it is important to highlight the plight of about 8,000 refugees living in the country.