Somalia

 

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INFORMATION

Capital: Mogadishu 

Government: Federal Parliamentary Government

Current President: Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed

Economy:

  • Informal economy largely based on livestock, remittance/money transfer companies, and telecommunications.
  • Agriculture is the most important sector with livestock normally accounting for about 40% of GDP and more than 50% of export earnings.
  • Principle exports include: livestock, hides, fish, charcoal, and bananas.

Population: 11,031,386 (2017)

Land Size: 637,657 sq km (246,201 sq miles)

Major Ethnic Groups:

  • Somali: 85%
  • Bantu and other non-Somali: 15% (including 30,000 Arabs)
Religions: 

  • Sunni Muslim

Language(s):

  • Somali (official)
  • Arabic
  • Italian
  • English

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RECENT NEWS

  • Fri - Feb 15, 2019: History of 10,000m - Featuring Tergat, Gebrselassie and Cheruiyot - AllAfrica News: Somalia
    [Nation] Perhaps the most memorable race in 10,000m on track was the battle between two legendary athletes, Kenya's Paul Tergat and Haile Gebrselassie of Ethiopia, during the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games in Australia.
  • Fri - Feb 15, 2019: Iran Deports Suspected Pirates to Somalia - AllAfrica News: Somalia
    [Shabelle] Thirteen Somali nationals have been deported to Somalia after serving several years in Iranian jails for alleged piracy.
  • Fri - Feb 15, 2019: Overview of U.S. Support to Somalia Economic Development - AllAfrica News: Somalia
    [Shabelle] The United States is proud to support the people and government of Somalia as they seek to create a better tomorrow, including through economic development and job creation. The United States is committed to providing up to $74 million in investment for these programs.
  • Fri - Feb 15, 2019: Somali President Receives Credentials of New Ambassadors - AllAfrica News: Somalia
    [Shabelle] Somali president, Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo has received the diplomatic credentials from two new ambassadors into the country. The ambassadors are Rahul Chabbra of India and Nigeria's Vincent Omeokachie.
  • Fri - Feb 15, 2019: Trade Project Builds Economy, Leaders Seek More - AllAfrica News: Somalia
    [VOA] As a yearlong project aimed at helping Somaliland develop its trade relationship with Ethiopia winds down, top leaders hope more assistance will bolster the country's economy and strengthen its standing in the Horn of Africa, a region that experienced rapid change in 2018.