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



  • Fri - Apr 28, 2017: Gambia's Barrow Meets Sirleaf - AllAfrica News: Gambia
    [New Dawn] Liberia's President and Chair of regional bloc ECOWAS Mrs. Ellen Johnson - Sirleaf has received the Gambia's President Mr. Adama Barrow on his first state visit the Liberia months after he took over the presidency with strong ECOWAS military and political backing to compel defeated former president Yahya Jammeh out of office.
  • Thu - Apr 27, 2017: YCFAC Health Fair to Help Gambia Achieve EHCS - YCFAC Cofounder - AllAfrica News: Gambia
    [Daily Observer] A co-founder of Your Change For a Change (YCFaC), has revealed that the youth-led organisation's yearly health fair would no doubt help them to achieve an Excellent Health Care System (EHCS) in The Gambia.
  • Thu - Apr 27, 2017: WCRFA Elective Congress Is Sunday - AllAfrica News: Gambia
    [Daily Observer] The West Coast Regional Football Association (WCRFA) Elective Congress is slated for next Sunday, 30th April at the Governor's Office in Brikama.
  • Thu - Apr 27, 2017: Magistrate Denies Bail to Alleged Attempted Felon - AllAfrica News: Gambia
    [Daily Observer] Magistrate A.R. Bah of the Brikama Magistrates' Court, Wednesday denied one Alieu Komma bail, following a prosecution application for the court to refuse admitting him on bail.
  • Thu - Apr 27, 2017: We Are Constrained By Vehicle Shortage State Tells Court in Ex-Nala Official Trial - AllAfrica News: Gambia
    [Daily Observer] Lawyer L. Jarju, the led state counsel in the alleged criminal trial of Kevin Aghedo, a former program coordinator of the National Agency for Legal Aid (NALA) and Joseph Furu Gomez, a businessman in Basse has told Principal Magistrate Isatou Janneh-Njie at the Banjul Magistrates' Court that they are faced with vehicle shortage at the Attorney General's Chambers which led to his late arrival in court.