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



  • Wed - May 24, 2017: Three Charged With House Breaking, Stealing - AllAfrica News: Gambia
    [Daily Observer] Three men were on Monday paraded by police prosecutors before Magistrate Pa Modou Njie at the Bundung Magistrates' Court on charges of conspiracy, house breaking and stealing.
  • Wed - May 24, 2017: Court Levies D35, 000 Fine On Drug Convict or Risk 1 Year Imprisonment - AllAfrica News: Gambia
    [Daily Observer] The Sibanor Narcotics Court has convicted and sentenced one Kalilu Sillah to pay a fine of D35, 000 or risk a year jail term following his guilty plea on two charges of conspiracy and possession of prohibited drugs.
  • Wed - May 24, 2017: National Stakeholders Conference On Justice, Human Rights Opens - AllAfrica News: Gambia
    [Daily Observer] A well attended national convergence of stakeholders on Justice and Human Right is currently underway at a local hotel in Banjul.
  • Wed - May 24, 2017: Soma Newtown FC Lifts UNFPA's Lrr Championship - AllAfrica News: Gambia
    [Daily Observer] Jarra Soma Newtown FC lifted UNFPA's regional football tournament after beating Kiang Geneire FC 1-0 in a football final played on Friday at Soma Mini Stadium in Jarra West District, Lower River Region.
  • Wed - May 24, 2017: Court Eviction Order Turns Violent in Farato - AllAfrica News: Gambia
    [Daily Observer] An eviction order by the Sheriff Division of the High Court in Banjul has turned disastrous in Farato Village in the Kombo South District of the West Coast Region.